The Court Case and the Re-run in Kenyan presidential elections

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In reality, the re-run is a slam dunk. Azimio application has made that even more obvious.

The petition has listed all the seven commissioners of the IEBC as respondents plus William Ruto. It is a simple case because majority of the IEBC commissioners rejected the presidential election results announced by Wafula Chebukati. But this case could unravel a lot of other illegal electoral activities.

And in the middle of all that, the beat-up Chebukati has been forced to hold the Mombasa and Kakamega governor elections and these are two of the most populous counties in the nation. Those elections will be on August 29, 2022 right in the middle of the Supreme Court hearings on the presidential elections results. That will be one hell of an explosion in the face of Kenyans whatever the results may be.

Read: Supreme Court has the authority to count votes, tally them, and declare a presidential winner

Meanwhile, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has announced August 29, 2022, as the new date for the postponed elections in various parts of the country.

Governorship elections in Mombasa and Kakamega counties were among the eight elections that IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati announced would be postponed.

The other six are Member of the National Assembly polls in Kitui Rural Constituency (Kitui County), Kacheliba Constituency (West Pokot County), Pokot South Constituency (West Pokot County), and Rongai Constituency (Nakuru County).

Elections for Member of County Assembly Wards have also been postponed in Kwa Njenga (Embakasi South Constituency – Nairobi County) and Nyaki West (North Imenti Constituency – Meru County).

Chairman Chebukati, speaking to the media at the Bomas of Kenya on Monday, insisted that the aforementioned elections must be completed as soon as possible to allow the commission to publish party lists, which he claimed could not be completed without the elections.

“These elections must take place as soon as possible because we need to move on and have finality,” said Chebukati.

He also stated that the process will be smooth and that all of the issues that had caused the elections to be suspended have been resolved.

Chebukati also allowed candidates running for the positions to campaign for up to 48 hours before the election.

The aforesaid regions failed to vote for the respective positions during the August 9 polls after IEBC cited errors found on the ballot papers.

Chebukati stated that there were discrepancies discovered on the ballot boxes, as the photos and names of the candidates vying for the seats were incorrect.

The real issue in the Supreme Court case is to see if William Ruto even from outside the government stole the elections and how he did it.

Because if this guy can rob the country now, what the heck is he going to do if he ever became the president of the Republic of Kenya? He would steal the whole place in one piece and very quickly.

That is a big issue at the Supreme Court Hearing starting today. Let’s see what comes out of the whole set of circumstances. Kenyans are all eyes and minds on this case.

Adongo Ogony is a Human Rights Activist and a Writer who lives in Toronto, Canada

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