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BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,12TH NOV 2017-All parts named in presidential petitions filed at the Supreme Court have until 5 pm today (Sunday November 12) to file responses.
Legal teams of President Uhuru Kenyatta, National Super Alliance (NASA) and those representing the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) are expected to file responses on behalf of their respective clients .
The supreme court plans to hold pre-trial status conference on Tuesday next week once responses have been filed and acknowledged by the registrar.
Responses to the applications are to be filed and served by 5 pm on the same day according to guidelines issued by chief Justice David Maraga.
Parties wishing to be admitted in the petitions as friends of the court are also required to file and serve applications on the same day.
Other respondents in the petitions are IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati in his capacity as the National Returning Officer of the repeat presidential election, NASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga, his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka, coalition co-principal Musalia Mudavadi, Senators James Orengo and Moses Wetangula.
Of the three petitions, one was jointly filed by activists Njonjo Mue and Khelef Khalifa, the other two by former Kilome MP Harun Mwau and the Institute for Democratic Governance.
The petitioners argue that the repeat election was not conducted within the confines of the law, and was largely marred by violence in some parts of the country—while others say there ought to have been fresh nomination of the candidates.