Supreme Court identifies 9 issues to be determined as it consolidates presidential pet*tions

By , K24 Digital
On Tue, 30 Aug, 2022 12:10 | 2 mins read
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Supreme Court of Kenya judges. Photo/Courtesy

The Supreme Court has consolidated seven petitions challenging the election of Kenya Kwanza Alliance leader William Ruto as President-elect.

Speaking during the pre-trial hearing of the petitions on Tuesday, August 30, Chief Justice Martha Koome said the petitions raise similar issues and seek similar orders.

The court listed Azimio la Umoja - One Kenya coalition party leader Raila Odinga and his deputy Martha Karua as lead petitioners.

"Upon perusing the pleadings, the Court has identified the following issues for determination, to be considered by the parties at the Pre-trial conference," Koome said.

The issues are:

-Whether the technology deployed by the IEBC for the conduct of the 2022 general elections met the standards of integrity, verifiability, security and transparency to guarantee accurate and verifiable results.

-Whether there was interference with the uploading and transmission of Forms 34A from the polling stations to the IEBC Public Portal.

-Whether there was a difference between Forms 34A uploaded on the IEBC Public Portal and the Forms 34A received at the National Tallying Centre, and Forms 34A issued to the Agents at the Polling Stations.

-Whether the postponement of Gubernatorial Elections in Kakamega and Mombasa Counties, Parliamentary elections in Kitui Rural, Kacheliba Rongai and Pokot South Constituencies and electoral wards in Nyaki West in North Imenti Constituency and Kwa Njenga in Embakasi South Constituency resulted in voter suppression to the detriment of the Petitioners in Petition No. E005 of 2022.

-Whether there were unexplainable discrepancies between the votes cast for presidential candidates and other elective positions.

-Whether the IEBC carried out the verification, tallying, and declaration of results in accordance with Article 138 (3) (c) and 138 (10) of the Constitution.

-Whether the declared President-elect attained 50%+1 vote of all the votes cast in accordance with Article 138 (4) of the Constitution.

-Whether there were irregularities and illegalities of such magnitude as to affect the final result of the Presidential Election.

-What reliefs and orders can the Court grant/issue?