President Kenyatta asks apex court to expel NASA from poll petition

Postado Novembro 15, 2017

Chief Justice David Maraga told the petitioners they must file a report on their findings from the returns by Thursday afternoon.

The hearing of the presidential election petition and President Uhuru Kenyatta's succession battles grabbed the attention of major dailies on Wednesday."Supreme Court locks out Jubilee, Nasa from petition" reported the Daily Nation which pointed out that the National Super Alliance and Jubilee Party were on Tuesday kicked out of the petitions filed at the Supreme Court, challenging the election of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The applications whose rulings will be rendered include that seeking scrutiny of results declarations forms, access to an independent audit of the voters register, access to the election servers and logs from the Kenya Integrated Election Management System (KIEMS) kits and Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission's minutes for the period between September 1 and October 31.

His lawyers led by senior counsel Fred Ngatia successfully convinced the Supreme Court to throw out part of the evidence tabled by the petitioners to pin IEBC and Uhuru.

The court also removed from the cause list for purposes of presidential petitions, a petition by the Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG) and ordered that it will be heard separately after the conclusion of the two petitions challenging the October vote.

President Uhuru Kenyatta's lawyer Fred Ngatia reacts during the status conference of the presidential election petition at the Supreme Court in Nairobi, November 14, 2017.

According to lawyer Kioko Kilukumi, the petition is anchored on Article 163 (3) (a) of the Constitution which allows the court to determine disputes relating to the election of a President arising under Article 140.

Justice Maraga reiterated that the court will conclude the pre-trial of three petitions before it by the end of the day in accordance to Supreme Court rules which require a pre-trial sitting be held within eight days of the filing of petitions.

If the election result is upheld, Kenyatta will be sworn in on November 28.