JOHANNESBURG, November 14 – Kenya’s Supreme Court judges on Tuesday morning are to hear three petitions filed against the October 26 presidential election rerun, Kenya’s Daily Nation reports.
The judges are under extreme pressure as the eyes of Kenya, the region, and the world will be on them.
And they have just six days to make a determination unlike the sole petition they heard in August that challenged the first presidential election which was subsequently annulled on the grounds of electoral irregularities.
The strict deadline means there will be more lawyers arguing their cases in a shorter period of time.
The burden of determining whether the outcome of the rerun elections – which saw incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta re-elected in a landslide despite less than half of eligible voters turning out to vote – falls once again mainly on the shoulders of Chief Justice David Marage.
However, he will be aided by Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu, Justice Jackton Ojwang, Justice Smokin Wanjala, Justice Njoki Ndung’u and Justice Isaac Lenaola.
Justice Mohamed Ibrahim missed most of the August case because of illness. Uncertainty remains if he will be available on Tuesday.
Opposition leader Raila Odinga, from the coalition National Super Alliance (Nasa) party, refused to take part in the October 26 rerun elections, arguing that the reforms he recommended were not implemented.
However, he refused to go to court and instead, it is former Kilome MP Harun Mwau and two human rights activists Njonjo Mue and Khelef Khalifa who have challenged the validity of the result.
The Institute for Democratic Governance (IDG) is the third petitioner and the IDG’s petition is challenging the court’s jurisdiction to hear the other two petitions.