Presidential petition filing period set to elapse by Midnight

Presidential petition filing period set to elapse by Midnight

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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,6TH NOV 2017-Anyone or group that plans to file a petition at the supreme court challenging President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election in the fresh presidential polls on October 26 have until midnight Today Monday 6th Nov to do so or risk being closed out.

The Constitution provides seven days for the filing of such a petition in the Supreme Court following the declaration of a winner.

President Kenyatta who was declared president-elect on Monday last week, has expressed a willingness to once again subject himself to the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court despite his verbal assault on their September 1 decision to annul his August 8 win.

The opposition National Super Alliance NASA  has however made it clear that it will not challenge Kenyatta’s win.NASA has decided to form form a National  resistance movement instead.

NASA leader Raila Odinga is resisting the outcome of last month’s polls having withdrawn from the race for the reason that it did not meet the credibility criteria set out by the Supreme Court when it annulled the August 8 exercise.

Several other petitions have  however  been filed before the Supreme Court including by activist Okiya Omtatah who wants the election invalidated on account of Odinga’s withdrawal.

Pokot South Member of Parliament David Pkosing has also gone to court wanting  the Supreme Court to declares said withdrawal “inconsequential.” 

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