Supreme Court To Deliver Verdict At 12PM

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The Supreme Court is expected to give a verdict on the issues raised by petitioners on the presidential election’s credibility and integrity by Monday noon at the Milimani Law Courts.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) on August 15 declared Kenya Kwanza presidential candidate William Ruto as the winner of the presidential elections held on August 9.

Ruto’s main opponent Raila Odinga and his running mate Martha Karua moved to the Supreme court to challenge his victory.

In the petition, Raila accused IEBC Chair Wafula Chebukati of abusing the role and functions of the commission by declaring results from the 27 constituencies that had not been tallied or verified by the commission.

Raila’s lawyers argued in court that there was massive vote-rigging, citing certain discrepancies in vote count entries at polling stations and those transmitted electronically to the national tallying Centre in Nairobi.

Ruto’s legal team, on the other hand, dismissed the claims by Odinga’s team with Advocate Eric Gumbo claiming the petitioners had submitted falsified evidence and forgeries to prove their case.

They further claim that the petition before the Supreme is a prank comprising of claims by Senior Counsel Phillip Murgor that form 34As were being hijacked in mid-air, altered, votes deducted from the former premier’s, and added to Dr. Ruto’s.

The seven-judge bench is set to decide on the petitions after a long week of hearing, below are the possible outcomes of the case that Kenyans should expect;

The court might dismiss the petition by Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition party chief Raila Odinga and uphold the victory of President-elect William Ruto hence to be sworn in on September 13, 2022.

Secondly, the court may invalidate the declaration of Ruto by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) as the President-elect, which will set the stage for the nullification of the August elections.

Meanwhile, security has beefed up at the Supreme court with sections of the roads closed ahead of the judgment.

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