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Supreme Court rejects 1st petition against Uhuru’s win

The Supreme Court has thrown out a petition challenging President Uhuru Kenyatta’s win in the just-concluded repeat election .

It said the petition by John Chengo and George Bush lacks the legal threshold to be accepted.

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Mr Bush and Chengo wanted the Apex court to allow them file the application without paying the mandatory Sh1.5 million court fees, arguingthey are poor and can’t afford to pay that amount.

They claimed that they live in a mud-walled house in Huruma and attached their Mpesa statements to show their financial status.

George Bush (C) and John Chengo (R) after filing their petition challenging the election of President Uhuru Kenyatta at the Supreme Court on Monday November 6, 2017| PHOTO COURTESY-The Star

They argued that when NASA leaders Raila Odinga pulled out of the race, it affected the polls.

They also said the fact that there were no elections in 25 constituencies affected the outcome.

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But the deputy registrar Daniel ole Kantai said their petition failed to meet the legal threshold set for filing a presidential election poll.

Monday midnight marked the deadline to file a petition challenging the October 26th poll.

Three other petitions were upheld and will be heard in the next few days.

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