Kenya’s C.J Maraga Deems Petition Seeking to Stop Elections as ‘Urgent’


Chief Justife David Maraga (Left)
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Kenya’s Chief Justice David Maraga has certified as ‘urgent’ a case filed by three voters seeking to stop Thursday’s repeat Presidential election. Maraga has subsequently ordered that the case be heard on Wednesday despite being declared a public holiday.

In their petition filed at the Supreme Court on Tuesday, Khalef Khalifa, Mr Samuel Mohochi and Mr Gacheke Gachuhi argue that IEBC the electoral body cannot guarantee a fair and credible poll come Thursday.

The three voters say that IEBC Commissioners are serving partisan interests and Chairman Wafula Chebukati has publicly admitted that he cannot guarantee credible election. Furthermore, they say the withdraw of NASA candidate Raila Odinga from the highly contested election deems the exercise null.

Lawyers representing the petitioners interact outside the Supreme Court on Tuesday

They are being represented by lawyer Harun Ndubi.

Having examined the petition, Chief Justice Maraga has ordered the petitioners to serve the respondents (IEBC and IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati) and all Presidential candidates by 2pm on Tuesday.

Maraga also directed that respondents and Presidential candidates file their responses by 8am on Wednesday morning. The submissions are not to exceed 10 pages.

Sources say President Uhuru Kenyatta’s lawyer Tom Macharia and those representing the IEBC have already been served.

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