CORD’s petition against Uhuru pushed to Saturday

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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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  • suluhisho

    Boring………next???

  • lucas

    boring my foot!you will lick your ass once the truth surfaces..slow but sure..go orengo,mutula and wako lets democratise this country and ashame the tribal chauvenists..

    • Mazzdark

      You need to calm down, Lucas

  • Gathii

    “He maintained that the alliance had not been able to download forms uploaded on the IEBC website.”
    What further proof does one need to confirm that the CORD team is analogue?

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeniffer.wanjiru.1 Jeniffer Wanjiru

    heheheheeee

  • lucas

    where on earth has a nation ever gone to an election without a valid,updated and cleaned up voters’ register then we say elections are credible! at this rate linguistics should start coining a new meaning for the word credible

  • http://twitter.com/sophiemukwana Sophie Mukwana

    mixed how exactly? Wouldn’t it be more beneficial if the supreme court understood your grounds more than the public or is this to be tried in the court of public opinion?

  • oyash

    a shot in the dark aimed at nothing hoping to get anything

  • mswahilimtata

    acha usenge lucas

  • gichigo

    am getting confused what is what and who is who orengo mutula or wako

  • re

    Lucas why are u using such indecent language?? The truth is this pple do not have any evidence and that’s why they are busy coaching witness and cooking evidence. i know you and your cordless pple will be in for a rude shock. two very similar cases, bensouda and her fake icc case and this cordless case. what a pity!!!!!!!

    • ken

      fellow Kenyan. do you know what is democracy? you are talking of Hague, do you know how many days it has taken me to end the agony that was brought by pev? when our property was being burnt you were watching news and laughing.when our beloved ones were being killed you were with you family. wore to you innocent Kenyan and tribal person

      • shi

        what happened 2007/2008 was a sad chapter in our history it will take years to completely heal some would may never heal completely and that i feel the ICC case is so and should start a fresh investigating. Too much has been left out. Lets start from the source and come upwards. From the election results to the calls mass action and people “shouting No Rail no peace” up to the deaths and displacement of our fellow Kenyans. Don’t forget most of those displaced belonged to Uhuru’s Tribe Kikuyu and they vote overwhelmingly for him oh not to mention the Rift valley. The question is this do those people on the ground who actually experienced it, watched it with their own eyes know something the rest of us who watched on the news including the ICC dont know? Do they feel justice is being done by ICC? Lets stop being hypocrites and pretend to be their champions for justice we need to really listen to them on the ground and not say what we want them to say. Until we solve this from the root we are never going anywhere as a country in terms of solving this case

  • 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…

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