Amended Supreme Court Rules on presidential petition to be gazetted Friday

July 27, 2017 (4 weeks ago) 10:06 am
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This is even as Chief Justice David Maraga assured Kenyans that the Judiciary is ready to deal expeditiously with all election petitions/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 27 – The Judiciary will on Friday gazette its amended Supreme Court rules for the hearing of a presidential petition.

This is aimed at enabling it better manage the 14 days accorded to it in the Constitution to hear and determine one.

As stipulated in the constitution, an aggrieved party has seven days to file their petition after the date of the declaration of the presidential election results.

Thereafter according to the rules, they have two days to serve the parties they will list as respondents.

The respondents will then have four days to file their submission with a pre-trial conference scheduled for the eighth as opposed to the ninth day. Hearings will then be held every day thereafter until the matter’s conclusion.

The Judiciary will on Friday also publish amended Court of Appeal rules governing the handling of electoral disputes.

The Judiciary has in preparation for election disputes taken magistrates, court registrars and judges, all the way up to the Supreme Court, through training on the laws governing elections and the amendments made to the law since the last round.

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