Kenya: Lobby Groups to Challenge Kenyatta’s Election Victory in Supreme Court

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NAIROBI–A lobby group is expected to file a petition at the Supreme Court challenging the validity of the October 26 presidential repeat, which gave President Uhuru Kenyatta a 98% victory.

We-the-People, a group that styles itself as a citizens’ alliance, argues that the poll was neither credible nor legitimate and will this morning petition the Supreme Court over the outcome. Other civil society groups are expected to join.

“Rather than using the historic Supreme Court judgment to reform and raise electoral standards, the five-year cycle of electoral instability has been further entrenched. This is horribly costly in ways the nation cannot afford and continues to create uncertainty and fear,” the group says in one of the pleadings to be filed in court.

“The October 26 poll mirrors the issues raised in the petition to the Supreme Court, which annulled the results of the August 8 presidential election,” reads an excerpt of the pleadings quoted by Nairobi-based Nation newspaper has seen.

President Uhuru Kenyatta won a second, five-year term with 98 percent of the vote after opposition leader Raila Odinga boycotted the contest citing the same irregularities that caused the first cancellation. Only 39 percent of registered voters took part.

The Supreme Court judges warned on September 1 that they will not hesitate to nullify another presidential petition if the letter and spirit of the Constitution are violated again.

“It [the judgment]ought to lead the IEBC to a soul-searching and to go back to the drawing board. If not, this Court, whenever called upon to adjudicate on a similar dispute will reach the same decision if the anomalies remain the same, irrespective of who the aspirants may be,” Chief Justice David Maraga said in September upon annulling the August 8 polls.