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Kenya's Supreme Court ends election challenge hearing

AFP  |  Nairobi 

Kenya's Supreme judges completed today their hearing of an opposition challenge to the August 8 poll and said a ruling will be delivered on Friday.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga argued the presidential poll was rigged and took his case to the court, challenging the commission's declaration of President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-with 54 percent of the vote.


After hearing closing arguments from lawyers representing the National Super Alliance (NASA) opposition coalition, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and Kenyatta, Chief Justice David Maraga said, "That brings us to the end of the hearing. We will deliver judgement on Friday."

Odinga alleges that hacking and delivered victory to Kenyatta and believes it is the third time in a row that he has been cheated of a rightful win.

The disputed in 2007 led to politically- motivated ethnic violence in which over 1,100 people died. In 2013 Odinga took his dispute to the courts, and lost.

Today the was handed reports from its own registrar and a panel of appointed experts assessing allegations of errors and malpractice that the opposition say mean the result should be annulled and the poll re-run.

In his final submission James Orengo, a official and lawyer, said the reports told "a very, very sad story" of irregularities, pointing to a number of unsigned tally forms and others lacking security features, that he said could affect as many as five million votes.

Orengo described the pair of reports as "two smoking guns" and called on the Supreme to declare Kenyatta's invalid.

However, lawyers for the IEBC and Kenyatta told the the reports in fact validated their argument that the vote was free and fair.

"All they have been talking about is this technicality or that technicality," said IEBC lawyer Paul Muite of the case. "The results announced captured and represented the will of the Kenyan people."

Fred Ngatia, acting for Kenyatta, said that discrepancies were nothing more than "a clerical error".

"This was a fair in which the integrity of the vote was protected as far as is humanly possible," he said.

The seven Supreme judges will now consider the evidence and deliberate before giving their ruling on Friday after which Kenyatta will either be sworn in or the re-run.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, August 30 2017. 02:13 IST
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