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123 Judges To Hear Election Petitions

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Chief Justice Martha Koome has gazette 123 Judges and Magistrates to hear election petitions arising from the just concluded general elections.

In a gazette notice published September 16 the judges and magistrates drawn from across the country will take part in the hearing and determination of the petition logged.

“In exercise of the powers conferred by Section 75 of the Elections Act, 2011 and Rule 6 (3) of the Elections (Parliamentary and County Elections) Petition Rules, 2017, the Chief Justice of the Republic of Kenya directs that the Election Petitions whose details are given hereunder shall be heard in the Election Courts comprising of the Judges and Magistrates listed and sitting at the Court stations indicated in the schedule,” the gazette notice reads in parts.

So far the Judiciary has received 77 petitions for Member of County Assembly (MCA) seats, 28 for parliamentary seats, 12 for gubernatorial elections, four for woman representative seats and ony two for senatorial seats.

Petitioners who have lodged petitions against g elections include ANC’s Sakwa Bunyasi who is contesting the election of ODM’s Paul Otuoma (Busia) and Evans Kidero (Independent) contesting election of Homabay governor Glady Wanga.

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Other gubernatorial petitions include UDA’s Katoo ole Metito who is challenging the election of Joseph ole Lenku (Kajiado) and Purity Ngirici (Independent) who is contesting the election of UDA’s Ann Waiguru (Kirinyaga).

Others are Patrick Musimba (Independent) versus Wiper’s Mutula Kilonzo (Makueni),

Some of the constituencies where MP elections have been contested are Kimilili, Budalangi, Mandera North, Eldas, Kiambu, Bahati, Imenti North, Laikipia East and West Mugirango,while the two  Senatorial petitions are in the counties of Vihiga and Narok.

By Rodgers Oduor

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