In Summary
  • Nasa will have to serve the petition electronically within six hours of filing the case.
  • Supreme Court and the parties will have a pre-trial conference for eight days.

Nasa has until Friday midnight to file its petition challenging President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election.

All indications were that they were ready to move to the Supreme Court on Thursday but, by evening, none of the opposition coalition’s lawyers had appeared at the court registry.

One of the lawyers representing the National Super Alliance and politicians allied to it said the coalition was not leaving anything to chance.

SUPREME COURT

They said Nasa was buying time to put together a water-tight case and would file the petition Friday arising from the General Election.

On Wednesday, Nasa leaders announced their intention to challenge in court the outcome of the presidential election held last Tuesday despite having initially said they would not.

The petition must be filed within seven days after the declaration of the presidential election results.

DEADLINE
Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati declared President Kenyatta the winner of the 2017 General Election last Friday, August 11.

Although judges are on recess and court registries close at noon, Supreme Court Registrar Esther Nyaiyaki put out a public notice on August 14 stating that the registry will be open on Friday from 7am to midnight.

“In order to adhere to the statutory deadlines governing the hearing and determination of the presidential election petition, the Supreme Court Registry will be open,” Ms Nyaiyaki in the notice said.

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