Since the Supreme Court established strict guidelines for considering the presidential election petition until judgment, it will be a war royale.
The seven judges of the supreme court designated three days for the hearing of the seven petitions, the respondents, and any rejoinders from the parties.
The judges have taken control of the proceedings and won’t allow anything to chance, from deciding the matters to be decided on to rearranging the petitions, barring some parties, and allocating time.
Reuben Kigame, a gospel singer-turned-politician, and Moses Kuria, a former Gatundu Member of Parliament, both had their petitions rejected by the judges, who then combined the remaining seven petitions contesting the presidential results.
The remaining complaints—seven in total—will be merged since they raise related concerns relating to the same presidential election that took place on August 9—the other petitions having been dismissed.
After reviewing all of the petitions, they claimed that the one submitted by Raila Odinga and his running mate Martha Karua would be the lead petitioner, with the rest serving as co-petitioners.
The petitioners will each have six hours to present their arguments, but because Raila’s petition will be the main one, the judges gave his team the majority of those three hours.
John Njoroge, Youth Advocacy Alliance, Khelif Khalifa, Okiya Omtatah, and Julius Nyokabi are the additional petitioners.
However, the IEBC and William Ruto, the president-elect, were also allowed six hours, which they will split evenly, with each receiving three hours.
The Attorney General will have 30 minutes to present his case before the four IEBC commissioners who repudiated the results announced by Wafula Chebukati.