Kenya Elections: Petition Filed To Block Ruto’s Swearing-In If Elected President

Kenya Elections: Petition Filed To Block Ruto’s Swearing-In If Elected President

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By Spy Uganda Correspondent

A petition has been filed before the Supreme Court seeking to bar the swearing in of United Democratic Alliance (UDA) Presidential candidate William Ruto and his running mate Rigathi Gachagua in case they clinch the presidency in the August 9th, General Election.

Through lawyer Kibe Mungai, 11 petitioners argue that the swearing-in of Ruto and Gachagus would be a violation of the Constitution.

They claim that the two do not pass the integrity test as enshrined in Chapter Six of the Constitution.

“Given the provisions of Chapter Six of the Constitution, swearing in of the 1st and 2nd Respondents to office will constitute a flagrant violation of Articles 3, 4 and 10 of the Constitution,” reads the petition.

“Unless and until this Honourable Court has determined the constitutionality of the registration and gazettement of the 1st and 2nd Respondents as candidates, it would amount to aiding and abetting illegalities if the Respondents are sworn into office in the event that they get elected.”

Meanwhile, elections are running smoothly and the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) confirmed that 6,567,869 Kenyans had turned out to vote as of Tuesday noon.

In a press briefing, the commission said that the people that had voted by the time only accounted for 30.65% of the 22,120,458 voters who are expected to partake in the General Election.

The percentage of Kenyans that had turned up to vote at noon – 6 hours after polling stations were opened and 5 hours before they close – was below half the total number of registered voters.

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