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Court Ready to Deliver Kenya's Presidential Petition Ruling

The Supreme Court will deliver judgment on the presidential election petition filed by Nasa at 11am Friday, the Judiciary has said.

An official at the Judiciary has confirmed that Registrar Esther Nyaiyaki has notified parties that the court will sit at 11am and that they should be seated in court by then.

The seven judges of the Supreme Court will decide whether to uphold or nullify President Uhuru Kenyatta's win as declared by IEBC.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission declared President Kenyatta the winner after garnering 54 per cent of the votes cast on August 8, 2017.

But if the judges find that there were massive irregularities in the poll, they will annul President Kenyatta's win and send back voters to the ballot in 60 days.


President Kenyatta's main challenger, Nasa's Raila Odinga, argued that the poll was marred by massive irregularities and that the electoral commission breached constitutional and legal provisions in the poll.

Through lawyer Otiende Amollo, Mr Odinga said the presidential results were made on the basis on erroneous Forms 34Bs, aggregated from Forms 34As which were only available five days after Presidential results had been announced.

On his part, President Kenyatta urged the court to dismiss the case saying that a voter who queued for hours to make his choice cannot be punished for the mistakes of a poll official.

IEBC, on its part, has maintained that the election complied with all the provisions of law and the results were a true reflection of the will of Kenyans.


"It is about the voter. The person who exercised his sovereign will as required under Article 32(2) of the Constitution," Mr Ahmednasir Abdullahi, President Kenyatta's lawyer, argued.

The lawyer said that the essence of the vote is about who voted because numbers matter and the most important thing is to show that the winner had the numbers, in this case, President Kenyatta.