President-elect William Ruto’s victory in the August elections was upheld by the Supreme Court, according to four dissident IEBC commissioners led by Vice Chair Juliana Cherera.
The joint election of William Ruto as president and Rigathi Gachagua as vice president was challenged in the presidential petition, which was dismissed by the court, according to a press release signed by the four. Juliana Cherera, Irene Masit, Francis Wanderi, and Justus Nyang’aya said they respect the court’s decision.
“We wish to convey our appreciation to the Honorable Judges of the Supreme Court of Kenya and confirm that we respect their collective decisions after the Supreme Court of Kenya made her ruling yesterday on the Presidential election petition, particularly with regard to our role as commissioners,” they said.
They said that they concur with the IEBC Chair Wafula Chebukati’s Monday, September 5 statement emphasizing that they support the rule of law and laws that enhance the effectiveness of the commission’s job.
The Supreme Court concluded on Monday that there was no proof of results tampering from the four IEBC commissioners who disassociated themselves from the outcome of the presidential election on August 9.
The 4 actively participated in the counting and verification procedure from the beginning till just before the results were announced by the Chairperson, Chief Justice Martha Koome said in giving the final verdict on the combined presidential election case challenging Ruto’s victory.
The four commissioners, she said, “have not presented before this court any document to prove the result of the election was altered, except than their 11th-hour walkout.”
On August 15, the Cherera-led team held a news conference and repudiated theBecause of the final phase’s lack of transparency, we reject the results the Chairman of the Bomas of Kenya is ready to announce.