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Chief Justice gives directions on the election cases filed Monday

Chief Justice David Maraga on Tuesday gave directions on petitions filed in court challenging Uhuru Kenyatta’s win in the repeat presidential election.

Mr Maraga ordered the IEBC and President Uhuru Kenyatta to file their responses to the presidential petitions challenging the October 26 poll by Sunday 5pm.

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The CJ directed that the responses plus the submissions ,which should be 30 pages of at least 12 points font and double-spaced,must be filed with the registry and served to the other parties by Sunday evening.
The same orders apply to all National Super Alliance (NASA) leaders led by Raila Odinga in a suit filed against them by Institute of Democratic Governance.
“The respondents should file and serve their responses to the petition together with their submissions within four days of service in accordance with rule 11 of the Supreme Court presidential election petition rules,” the CJ directed,Standard Digital reports.
According to Justice Maraga,any party that intends to file any other application relating to the petitions, will have until Monday 12 noon and those who will reply to the petitions will have filed replies by 5pm the same day.
The CJ restricted the extra applications to only five pages.

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Amicus Curiae (friends of the court) have also been given until Monday noon to file their briefs seeking to be enjoined in the case.
The timelines set by the president of the Apex Court lead to a pre-trial conference set for Tuesday and full hearing to follow.

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