Uhuru swearing in ceremony suspended after NASA petition

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s swearing in ceremony has been suspended following the move by the National Super Alliance-NASA to challenge the August 8th presidential election outcome at the Supreme Court.

The president – elect had been scheduled to be sworn in on 29th of August sworn to serve his second term if no petition was filed in the Supreme Court.

Raila Odinga who lost the polls announced Wednesday that the NASA coalition will challenge what he termed as computer generated results that saw him defeated for the second time by President Kenyatta.

IEBC published President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto’s win in the Kenya gazette paving way for preparations for his swearing in.

In the notice number 7718, Commission Chairperson Wafula Chebukati declared Uhuru and Ruto as the duly elected President and Deputy President of the republic of Kenya, having complied with article 138(4) of the constitution during the election for president held on Tuesday 8th august 2017.

According to Article 141(2) of the constitution ‘The president-elect shall be sworn in on the first Tuesday following-(a) the fourteenth day after the date of the declaration of the result of the presidential election, if no petition has been filed,’ in which case Uhuru could be sworn in on 29th of August.

‘In case of a petition, the President elect shall be sworn in on the seventh day following the date on which the court renders a decision declaring the election to be valid.’

NASA says by moving to court it will seek to demonstrate to the world how the servers of the electoral body IEBC were hacked and results manipulated in favor of Jubilee Party.

Odinga questioned why unofficial results were transmitted to the national tallying centre and posted on its website without scanned form 34As and 34Bs.

The official results gave President Kenyatta 54% of the votes cast, while Odinga got 44%.

President Kenyatta garnered 8,203,290 votes against Odinga’s 6,762,224 and met the 25% requirement in 35 counties compared to Odinga’s 29.

Odinga, who had previously refused to challenge the outcome in court, said the opposition had collected concrete evidence of massive irregularities that were allegedly used to rig the vote.

At the same time, the Judiciary is expected to hear and determine at least 200 election petitions as politicians who lost in the just-concluded elections seek redress in courts.

  

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