Big win for President Kenyatta after Supreme Court gives its ruling on disputed Oct. 26 poll

UHURU KENYATA [PHOTO/COURTESY]

BY BENJAMIN MURIUKI FOR EDAILY.CO.KE

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s win in the October 26 repeat presidential election has been upheld.

In a unanimous decision, the six-judge bench of the Supreme Court dismissed the petitions challenging the election of President Uhuru Kenyatta in the repeat poll.

Two petitions — one by former Kilome Member of Parliament Harun Mwau and the other by activists Njonjo Mue and Khelef Khalifa — were filed seeking the nullification of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory for the second time in three months.

The two petitions were consolidated and heard together, but each party was allowed to submit issues raised in their petitions separately.

Among the issues the petitioners cited as grounds for annulment of the October 26 election was failure by the electoral commission to conduct fresh nominations, withdrawal by National Super Alliance (NASA) flag bearer Raila Odinga and failure by voters in 25 constituencies to take part in the election.

The dismissal of the two petitions paves way for the swearing in of President Kenyatta for a second term on Tuesday, November 28.

Article 141 on the Assumption of Office holds the swearing in would be on the Tuesday after seven days of the verdict.

 

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