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Raila Odinga, seen here with the CJ at a past event, has said he will petition the outcome of poll/FILE


Judiciary ready for poll petitions – CJ

Raila Odinga, seen here with the CJ at a past event, has said he will petition the outcome of poll/FILE

Raila Odinga, seen here with the CJ at a past event, has said he will petition the outcome of poll/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 11 – Chief Justice Willy Mutunga on Monday assured that the Judiciary was ready to deal with election petitions arising out of the just concluded General Election.

Mutunga who spoke after receiving results of the presidential election from the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) insisted that the courts will uphold principles of justice in determining the cases.

He insisted that the Supreme Court which is charged with hearing and determining petitions arising from the presidential election, would maintain non-discrimination in dispensing its duty.

The CJ said: “If any petitions are filed, I confirm that the judiciary is ready to hear these petitions impartially fairly, justly and without fear, ill will, favour, prejudice, bias and in accordance with the Constitution and our laws.”

“I wish to reiterate that the Supreme Court is a court for all Kenyans and will not reflect ethnic, religious, regional or generational bias and will be guided by the constitution,” he added.

The Coalition for Reform and Democracy (CORD) is expected to challenge result of the presidential election released on Saturday which put the coalition’s candidate Raila Odinga in second place after Uhuru Kenyatta.

Odinga who refused to concede defeat on Saturday claimed that voter numbers were reduced in their strongholds, citing Ndhiwa Constituency, while votes were increased in the strongholds of the Jubilee coalition.

“It is clear that a constitutionally sanctioned process of electing the new set of leaders to take us to the next level has been thwarted by another tainted election,” said Odinga.

The CJ has praised Kenyans for peacefully participating in the elections and politicians for expressing confidence in the judiciary to arbitrate electoral disputes.

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“The Judiciary has been given a great opportunity by Kenyans to rebuild their confidence in the institution and this is not taken for granted. The Judiciary will shall deliver justice,” insisted the CJ.

After presenting the results to the Chief Justice, IEBC chairman Issack Hassan headed to hand over another copy of the results to President Mwai Kibaki at Harambee House.

Hassan on Saturday pronounced Kenyatta as President-elect and William Ruto Deputy President-elect following last Monday’s election.

Article 138 (10) of the constitution requires that the chairman of the IEBC shall deliver a written notification of the result of the presidential election to the Chief Justice and the incumbent president within seven days after the election.

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