Kenya Elections: Court Blocks Presidential Poll ‘Petition’

Kenya Elections: Court Blocks Presidential Poll ‘Petition’

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By Spy Uganda Correspondent

Kenya: A one Alfred Juma Ayora yesterday wrote to the Supreme Court and Chief Justice Martha Koome to stop the swearing-in of President-elect William Ruto, in what could be the first ‘petition’ in the Supreme Court to challenge the presidential election results.

However, Ayora’s bid was not admitted because of non-compliance with the rules, which require filing of a formal petition and not letters.
He had presented a two-paragraph letter asking for orders to invalidate the election of Dr Ruto and Deputy President-elect Rigathi Gachagua. But the court advised him to draft a petition instead.

A presidential election petition should be filed in the Supreme Court within seven days after the declaration of results and in accordance with the Supreme Court (Presidential Election Petition) Rules, 2017.

Ayora was advised to look for an advocate to help him advance his intended legal action. The letter was, however, stamped as received by the Office of the Chief Justice. He argued that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) should have conducted a free and fair election and sought orders for a presidential re-run.

“I write to express the unsatisfactory nature of this year’s general election results for presidential candidates that were announced by IEBC chairperson Wafula Chebukati on August 15, 2022,” reads the one-page letter.

He believes the results of the presidential election are not credible following the decision by four commissioners to disown them.

“It is my hope the court will consider my request and ensure my democratic rights are met. I request the court to postpone the swearing-in of the president-elect,” says Ayora.

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