CJ Martha Koome gazettes judges, magistrates to hear 123 petitions after August 9 polls

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On Fri, 16 Sep, 2022 12:57 | < 1 min read
Chief Justice Martha Koome. PHOTO/Courtesy

Chief Justice Martha Koome has gazetted judges and magistrates to hear the election petitions involving various candidates from governor to Member of County Assembly (MCA) level.

"In exercise of the powers conferred by Section 75 of the Elections Act, 2011 and Rule 6 (3) of the Elections (Parliamentary and County Elections) Petition Rules, 2017, the Chief Justice of the Republic of Kenya directs that the Election Petitions whose details are given hereunder shall be heard in the Election Courts comprising of the Judges and Magistrates listed and sitting at the Court stations indicated in the schedule below," Koome said in a gazette notice dated September 15, 2022.

Petitions lodged

Among those challenging the election are 12 governor seat candidates, Senator (2), Woman Representative (4), Member of National Assembly (28), and Member of County Assembly (77).

Notably, former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero is challenging the election of Gladys Wanga as Homa Bay Governor.

Kidero claimed the election exercise was marred with malpractices.

In the August 9 election, Wanga was declared the winner with 244,559 votes against Kidero’s 154,182 votes.

In Kajiado County, Joseph Ole Lenku's win is being challenged by the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) candidate Katoo Ole Metito.

In his petition, Katoo argued the elections were not conducted under the constitution and electoral law and wanted Lenku's win canceled.

“Consequent to the grant of any/all of the alternative reliefs, an order be and is hereby issued directing the 1st respondent (IEBC) to organise and conduct a fresh gubernatorial election in strict conformity with the constitution, the Elections Act, 2011, and the Regulations,” Katoo said in a court document.

According to the electoral law, the petitions must be heard and determined within six months.

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