Supreme Court upholds Uhuru’s victory

Supreme Court upholds Uhuru's victory
Chief Justice David Maraga delivering the ruling on petitions seeking the nullification of October 26 repeat presidential election

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

In a unanimous decision read by Chief Justice David Maraga, the six-judge bench of the Supreme Court dismissed the petitions challenging President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election, saying the cases were not merited.

Justice Maraga said a detailed decision would be issued within 21 days.

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 the 28th of November.

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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