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Kenya: Top Court can’t hear petition to stop repeat poll

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Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi is an experienced and award winning journalist from Ghana. He has worked for several media brands both in Ghana and on the International scene. Isaac Kaledzi is currently serving as an African Correspondent for DW.

Kenya’s Supreme Court on Wednesday was unable to hear a case filed by some voters seeking to have Thursday’s repeat presidential election stopped.

The country’s Chief Justice David Maraga said on Wednesday when the case was called that the Supreme Court could not hear the case because there are not enough judges to make a quorum.

Only two judges including the Chief Justice are available for the hearing with most of the judges unable to be in court.

Maraga said “As the two of us cannot form a quorum, this matter cannot be heard this morning,” he said.

Three Kenyan voters filed the petition on Thursday’s arguing that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) cannot guarantee a free, fair and credible poll.

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They also claim that the IEBC is divided on partisan affiliation, something that could affect the transparency of the poll.

The August 8 presidential election results were nullified by the Supreme Court in September and an order was given for a re-run of poll.

There was no signal as to when this case would be heard before the repeat poll on Thursday which means the impending election cannot be delayed by a court for now.



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