Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition presidential candidate Raila Odinga has formally filed a petition to challenge the declaration of William Ruto as president-elect.
The petition has been filed online at the Supreme Court sub-registry at the Milimani Law Courts in line with the apex court regulations.
Azimio lawyer Daniel Maanzo said they will submit physical documents before the 2 PM deadline as stipulated in the Supreme Court (Presidential Election Petition) Rules 2017.
“We have filed the petition electronically through the e-filing platform as we wait for the physical documents so that the court can ascert the submission. We have until 2 p.m. but I can assure that everything is ready. The team is still compiling the paperwork into books and they should be on their way to court any time from now,” he said.
The Azimio team is required to serve copies of the petition to the President-elect and the IEBC, who are the respondents.
The IEBC will then be required to file replies to the Supreme Court, which will then embark on hearing the petition on a seven-judge bench on Monday, August 29, 2022, seven days after it has been filed.
The SCOK will have until Sept 4 to deliver a ruling which will determine if Ruto will be sworn in in seven days or the election will be annulled.
“If the Supreme Court determines the election of the President-elect to be invalid, a fresh election shall be held within 60 days after the determination,” reads Article 140 (c).
Raila has sought the services of Senior Counsels Otiende Amollo and Philip Murgor, Prof. Tom Ojienda, Pheroze Norwojee, Mutula Kilonzo and Dan Maanzo to petition the election.
IEBC, on its side, has former Attorney-General Githu Muigai, Senior Counsel Abdikadir Mohamed, Kamau Karori, Eric Gumbo, Peter Wanyama, and Edwin Mukele.
Ruto’s team that will help him defend his win is made up of counsels Fred Ngatia, Adrian Kamotho, Kithure Kindiki, Nelson Havi and Collins Kiprono.
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