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Supreme Court’s new directive on petition to nullify October 26 election

The Supreme Court has issued a directive ordering all the eight presidential candidates in the October 26 poll to file a response to a petition seeking to void the just-concluded election.

In a letter issued by the Supreme Court deputy registrar, the candidates, including NASA leader Raila Odinga, who withdrew his candidature, were asked to file a response to the petition filed by Activist Okiya Omtatah.

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Omtatah enjoined the eight candidates in the case as interested parties,awaiting mentioning on November 10.

“The applicant should serve their applications with written submissions by 5 pm on Thursday 2nd November. The Respondents should file and serve their responses with written submissions by 5 pm on Tuesday 7th November,” directed the Supreme Court.

Okiya Omtatah at the Supreme court|PHOTO COURTESY

Omtatah wants the court to determine whether the October 26 election was invalid, null and void and whether the elections board should be ordered to conduct a fresh presidential poll.

According to the activist, the poll held on 26th October 2017 did not follow applicable electoral laws having been vacated by NASA leader Raila Odinga.

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He also quotes the announcement by IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati on October 18, that he could not guarantee a credible poll renders the results of the October 26 poll a sham.

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