, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 18 – A three-judge bench is Thursday expected to hear Thirdway Alliance presidential candidate Ekuru Aukot’s petition seeking his inclusion in the October 17 repeat State House race.
Deputy Registrar of the Supreme Court Daniel ole Keiwua said on Monday that the Chief Justice will appoint a bench to hear the application.
Aukot had protested on September 6 on his exclusion and moved to the court to challenge what he termed as a misapplication of the law by the electoral commission in its decision to limit the fresh poll to President Uhuru Kenyatta of Jubilee Party and his National Super Alliance rival Raila Odinga.
Following the nullification of the August 8 presidential election on September 1, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Chairperson Wafula Chebukati gazetted Kenyatta and Odinga as the only candidates for the fresh poll, citing the decision of the Supreme Court in Petition No. 5 of 2013.
Whereas Odinga and his allies have welcomed the inclusion of Aukot and other candidates in the October 17 election, Jubilee is understood to have taken a contrary position.
President Kenyatta’s Chief Agent Davis Chirchir in the August 8 poll has faulted Aukot for seeking to compel the court to pronounce itself on a matter that was not brought before it for consideration during the hearing of the 2017 presidential petition.