The presidential election petition’s nine main issues have been highlighted by the Supreme Court.
At the beginning of the pre-trial meeting today, Chief Justice Martha Koome ordered that all petitions have been combined into one because they present comparable issues.
We direct the consolidation of petitions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, and 8 into petition number 5, which is designated as the main petition for the 2022 presidential election.
The major important matters listed below will be heard by the top court and decided:
Whether the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC(IEBC) )’s use of technology for the August General Election meets the requirements for accuracy in terms of integrity, verifiability, security, and transparency.
Whether there was interference when forms 34A were uploaded and sent from the polls to the IEBC public portal.
if there were any variations between the forms 34A distributed to various agents, those received at the National Tallying Center, and those submitted on the IEBC portal.
Whether postponing the parliamentary election in Kitui Rural, Kacheliba, Rongai, and Pokot South Constituencies, the governorship election in Mombasa and Kakamega counties, and the electoral wards in Nyaki West in North Imenti Constituency and Kwa Njenga in Embakasi South Constituency led to voter suppression to the detriment of the opposition.
Whether there were any unexplained differences in votes cast between presidential candidates and other contenders for elective office.
Whether the IEBC followed the guidelines in Article 138(3)(C) and Article 138(10) of the Constitution when conducting the verification, tallying, and result declaration.
whether, in accordance with Article 138(4) of the Constitution, the declared winner received 50% plus one vote of the total votes cast.
Whether there were significant anomalies and violations that had an impact on the presidential election’s outcome
What remedies and orders the court may give or impose.
Nine petitions were initially submitted to the Supreme Court contesting the designation of William Ruto as president-elect, but Moses Kuria and Reuben Kigame’s petitions were later wiped out.
The main petitioners, Raila Odinga and Martha Karua, have been given three hours to present their case.
Each petition supporter will be given 30 minutes.
William Ruto, Rigathi Gachagua, the IEBC, and Chair Wafula Chebukati, who are the principal respondents, have each been given three hours, while the dissenting commissioners have each been given an hour. It will take the attorney general 30 minutes.
This week, the Supreme Court will hear the petitions on Wednesday and Thursday and the rejoinders on Friday.