CORD’s petition against Uhuru pushed to Saturday

Lands Minister James Orengo who spoke on behalf of the coalition insisted that they wanted their petition to be filed after other organisations lodged theirs, so that the public understands CORD's grounds well/MIKE KARIUKI

Lands Minister James Orengo who spoke on behalf of the coalition insisted that they wanted their petition to be filed after other organisations lodged theirs, so that the public understands CORD’s grounds well/MIKE KARIUKI

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 15 – The Coalition for Reform and Democracy (CORD) has now postponed lodging its petition against President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta to Saturday, due to what it termed as ‘strategic reasons’.

Lands Minister James Orengo who spoke on behalf of the coalition insisted that they wanted their petition to be filed after other organisations lodged theirs, so that the public understands CORD’s grounds well.

He said: “We were ready to file the petition today (Friday), we have since learnt that there are several petitions prepared by other entities and they are being filed today. It is our wish that our petition is not mixed with any other petition that is being filed by other entities.”

“All our documents and affidavits are ready for filing and the reason behind the postponement is purely strategic; it has nothing to do with the content of the petition and accompanying documents,” added Orengo.

Orengo said that he had secured assurance from Chief Justice Willy Mutunga that the Supreme Court registry will be open on Saturday to receive the petition.

CORD had insisted that they were to file the petition on Friday even with frustrations they said they were experiencing from the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

He maintained that the alliance had not been able to download forms uploaded on the IEBC website.

“Non-compliance by the IEBC is a violation of the Constitution which gives the citizens rights to information. We are looking for those documents because we are entitled to them and not because it is an exercise in which we are groping in the dark. I have a feeling that this is the most opaque electoral commission in the history of Kenya,” said Orengo on Thursday equating accessing IEBC chairman Issack Hassan to getting through a general in a military camp.

Having taken six days to prepare, Orengo affirmed the CORD legal team had a petition that was not vexatious.

Late on Thursday evening, three voters filed a case in the Supreme Court challenging the inclusion of rejected votes in the presidential election tally.

Blogger Dennis Itumbi, TNA strategist Moses Kuria and Florence Sergon want the court to determine if IEBC chairman Issack Hassan was right in using the rejected votes in calculating the percentage each presidential candidate obtained in the final tally.

Lawyer Mansu Issa said that if their argument is accepted by the Supreme Court it could affect the percentage of each of presidential candidate got.

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LORDRICK MAYABI

Lordrick is a graduate of the University of Nairobi with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism. He is passionate about political and governance issues. He also takes keen interest in human rights matters, justice and is fond of sports.

  • Peris

    Kenyans, lets get real. If cord people are to be very honest, they know they lost the elections but it seems they are not willing to admit it, hence this drama. I know its painful considering the efforts and expenses, but remember Kenya is bigger than anyone of us. IEBC deserves credit, it conducted the massive elections tirelessly. Bottom line, if there is total FEAR OF GOD in all of us, we would be moving forward as country and not wasting time and resources unnecessarily. God Bless Kenya.

  • Duncan Muchina

    This guys are after something else. The petition is dead as it is. So what do they want? My guess is a piece of the cake. They hope that these protracted drawn out shenanigans might give them a foothold. Uhuruto do not break…gari iendelee!

  • Nnani

    CORD and your allies please spare us this big talk we know you are fighting not for Democracy or for Kenyans but for your selfish interests YOU & YOUR families deals pre-election promises to individuals Companies and organisations. Fellow Kenyans read below the line its not about “US” whoever is in power does not change or increase my income or way of living…

  • mombo samuel

    lets all be patient but at last i know GOD intended person wil win this election petition

  • elam

    i fail to understand why is his HASSAN and his team refusing or delaying to give out the final voter register . not unless he feels there was something wrong ! we have the right to access the information! but i believe justice will be found to all . let me praise Kenyans for peace that have prevailed dispite the fact we some we not unhappy maybe with the results. lets maintain peace has we wait the supreme court final word. and if the court will find that we had some irregulaties then IIBC should be sued in accordance with the law to be a deterrent to feature election bodies in Kenya.

  • http://twitter.com/CleanUpKenya KeNyAnA

    And the cheap theatrics continue. I’m still waiting to be “shaken and shocked”……waiting…