Kenya Chief Justice, David Maraga, will Wednesday, decide if election will hold on Thursday or not

Kenya Chief Justice, David Maraga, will Wednesday, decide if election will hold on Thursday or not


Kenya: Supreme Court Decides Election Fate Today


Kenya’s Supreme Court is billed to sit today to decide if Thursday election will hold or not.

The court said Tuesday it would meet on the eve of the presidential election re-run to hear a last-minute petition challenging the ballot.

Chief Justice David Maraga, said he will hear a petition filed by human rights activists arguing Kenya is not ready for Thursday’s re-run.

“Matter to be heard at 10.00 am (07:00 GMT) tomorrow,” Maraga said in a statement.

Maraga said the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) as well as “all the Presidential candidates” must submit their written submissions before the hearing.

Multiple legal challenges have tucked-on Kenya presidential. The one brought by the leading opposition Raila Odinga  led to the Supreme Court overturning President Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory on September 1 and ordering a re-run within 60 days.

The Supreme Court’s decision to hear this latest petition, filed on Sunday, raises the possibility that Thursday’s election may be delayed.

“We are hoping they will cancel elections on October 26,” said activist Khelef Khalifa of Muslims for Human Rights.

The Guardian reports that Khalifa filed the petition alongside Samwel Mohochi of the Kenya branch of the International Commission of Jurists, and Gacheke Gachihi — also known as Nahashon Kamau — of the Mathare Social Justice Centre in Nairobi.

“The petitioners cite several arguments for delaying the vote.

They include Odinga’s withdrawal from the re-run two weeks ago which they say means the vote must be cancelled and the IEBC chairman’s own admission last week that “a free, fair and credible election” could not be guaranteed as the constitution demands.

They argue that a delay of up to 90 days should be ordered by the Supreme Court.

The opposition, as well as some analysts, have also called for a delay, but Kenyatta has insisted the vote should go ahead as planned despite Odinga’s boycott and ongoing protests”, the paper said.

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