uncertainty over Thursday poll as 3 petitioners goes to Supreme court to stop exercise

uncertainty over Thursday poll as 3 petitioners goes to Supreme court to stop exercise

BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,24TH OCT 2017-A  cloud of uncertainty  hangs over Thursday’s repeat presidential poll after Three  petitioners  moved to the Supreme Court Tuesday October 24th,  to stop the exercise.

The three Mr Khalef Khalifa, Mr Samuel Mohochi and Mr Gacheke Gachuhi  through lawyer  Harun Ndumbi  says the independent Electoral and Boundaries commission IEBC  is divided and therefore can not assure the country of a free and fair poll. The three says IEBC commissioners, they argue, are serving partisan interests and Chairman Wafula Chebukati has publicly admitted that he cannot guarantee credible election.They further want the court to interpret the meaning of Raila Odinga’s withdrawal from the election.

To them, Mr Odinga having pulled out of the repeat State House race, the election stands cancelled.

They  says that  the gazette notice  declaring the new  date for the same poll does not hold any relevance   Odinga  who went to court and led to nullification of the August 8 presidential elections withdrew.This is because the repeat poll been held emanate from the same court decision and it was illegal to repeat the election without Odinga.

They argue that the commission might not hold the poll as directed by the Supreme Court owing to the lack of preparedness.

They also feel  that the poll might not be held in a significant number of counties— thereby putting Kenyans into jeopardy.

The three have been ordered to serve parties by 6pm today.

IEBC and other parties are expected to respond by tomorrow at 8am.

Hearing  for the same is scheduled to start at 10am on Wednesday.

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