Petitions have been filed for 72 per cent of governor races and 26 per cent of woman representative contests, analysis by Nation Newsplex shows.
The data contained in a gazette notice signed by Chief Justice David Maraga shows that only two of the 47 counties have been spared election petitions — Elgeyo-Marakwet and Nyandarua.
It appears all the candidates in these counties were satisfied with the results of the August 8 General Election.
However, at least three petitions or less were filed in 27 counties. For instance, only one petition was filed in each of the following counties: Bomet, Isiolo, Kericho, Laikipia, Makueni, Murang’a, Nandi, Samburu and Tana River.
Two were filed in each of the following: Uasin Gishu, Nakuru, Marsabit and Baringo. Three were filed in each of the following devolved units: Kiambu, Homa Bay, Nyeri, Tharaka-Nithi and Vihiga.
By contrast, the highest number of petitions were filed in Kisii (24), Kakamega (23), Nairobi (21) and Kilifi (19). These four counties alone accounted for 87 petitions, nearly one third of the total countrywide.
Of the 288 petitions filed across the country, 227 (nearly four-fifths) were filed by losers challenging the election of MPs and MCAs. The governor, senator and woman rep races accounted for the other 61 petitions.
Out of the 47 governors, 34 have had their victories challenged in court.
Governors enjoy executive powers and have a big role in determining how money guaranteed to counties by the Constitution is spent. This, in turn, makes the seat highly competitive.
Races for Members of Parliament, who approve financial appropriations in the National Assembly and oversee the Constituency Development Fund, are the next biggest litigants, with 98 winners having their victories challenged.
They are followed by senators, who have 15 races (32 per cent) being challenged in the courts.