In Summary

  • Ms Marietje Schaake said any irregularities or challenges should be addressed through petitions and courts.

  • These sentiments were echoed by Mr John Mahama, the chairman of the Commonwealth Observer Group.

  • Dr Kidero of ODM described the outcome of the race for the Nairobi County top seat as “a sham".

The Judiciary is expecting more than 200 election petitions as politicians who lost in the just-concluded elections seek redress in courts.

The Law Society of Kenya and a host of election observation missions have urged losers, who will not be satisfied with the outcome, to seek legal redress.

Chief Justice David Maraga has said judges and magistrates are ready to hear petitions.

In a report, the head of the European Union Election Observation Mission, Ms Marietje Schaake, said any irregularities or challenges should be addressed through petitions and courts.

“Kenyans can be proud of their participation in the democratic process and should continue following the rule of law throughout the results process,”  said Ms Schaake.

These sentiments were echoed by Mr John Mahama, the chairman of the Commonwealth Observer Group.

LEGAL CHANNELS

Mr Mahama, the former Ghanaian President, said any grievances should be addressed “through the prescribed legal channels”.

So far, seven governor candidates have said they will head to court to challenge the outcome of the polls.

Those who have disputed the results include outgoing Meru Governor Peter Munya, who lost to Mr Kiraitu Murungi of Jubilee; Kajiado’s David Nkedianye, who lost to former Cabinet Secretary Joseph ole Lenku; Dr Evans Kidero of Nairobi, who lost to Senator Mike Sonko; and Mr Chirau Ali Mwakwere, who failed to unseat Governor Salim Mvurya in Kwale.

HEADING TO COURT

Mr John Munyes, who was vying for the Turkana governor seat on a Jubilee ticket, has also said he will be heading to court, arguing that at some polling stations, ballot papers were delivered late, disenfranchising voters.

In Makueni, Mr David Masika, who failed to unseat Governor Kivutha Kibwana, has also indicated he will move to court to challenge the results. Mr Masika got a paltry 24,564 votes compared to Prof Kibwana’s 288,648.

Mr Munya said the poll outcome was computer-generated to favour Mr Murungi. “

We are going to join forces with other Kenyans in restoring democracy,” he said.

He was accompanied by his running mate Peter Kaberia and PNU Senate candidate Mugambi Imanyara.

Dr Kidero said: “The purported results relating to the Nairobi governorship elections are being released outside the constitutional and statutory framework of the Elections Act 2011.”

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