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Supreme Court of Kenya to deliver ruling on Raila’s petition at noon

(Last Updated On: 5 September 2022)

As per the communication posted by the Judiciary of Kenya on Monday morning, the Supreme Court will pass a ruling in the afternoon.


By Milton Emmy Akwam

Uganda, September 5, 2022: Kenya could know the outcome of the 2022 presidential petitions filed by the former Prime Minister and the just concluded presidential candidate Raila Odinga and others challenging the victory of Deputy President William Ruto.

Raila and his running-mate Martha Karua rejected the results announced by the Independent and Electoral Boundaries Commission [IEBC] Chairman Wafula Chebukati, declaring Ruto as President-Elect.

The Azimio leaders described Ruto’s win, and Chebukati’s final [results] announcement as “null and void” and after the Monday 15 declaration, Raila-Karua through their legal team petitioned the Supreme Court.

William Ruto was declared the winner with 50.5% of the vote and Chebukati announced that Raila obtained 48%. Raila and his legal team claimed IEBC servers were interfered with by foreigners and that some votes from polling stations were not included in the final results Chebukati announced on Monday, August 15.

During the week of hearing at the Supreme Court, the apex court highlighted nine areas it would rely on to pass a judgment.

According to the Chief Justice of Kenya also the President of The Supreme Court Martha Koome, the Court will decide if the polling station returns were interfered with and whether the postponement of eight gubernatorial and legislative elections disadvantaged any candidate.

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The top Court will also consider whether there were secret disparities in votes cast for presidential and other races such as those for members of parliament.

The long wait is over

As per the communication posted by the Judiciary of Kenya on Monday morning, the Supreme Court will pass a ruling in the afternoon.

If Ruto’s win is annulled, a fresh presidential election will be held by early November 2022. And if Ruto’s victory is upheld, he will be sworn in as the 5th President later this month.

Both Raila and Ruto said they will welcome the Court verdict. 

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