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2017 KENYA ELECTIONS

Justification for presidential poll annulment due as decisional integrity challenged

The Supreme Court rules governing the hearing and determination of a presidential petition give the bench 21 to release a detailed judgement from the day of ruling/RCIU

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 19 – The Judicial Service Commission held a meeting on Tuesday as all eyes were trained on the Supreme Court for an explanation as to why they nullified the August 8 presidential poll.

The meeting came as another petitioner  called into question the integrity of the decision; accusing Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu and her Supreme Court counterpart Isaac Lenaola of having been compromised.

Just a week ago, a similar petiton was presented to the JSC by Nyeri Town MP Ngunjiri Wambugu for the removal of Chief Justice David Maraga.

He claimed that the decision to nullify the election was informed by the civil society with the petitioner in the current instance also alleging extraneous influences on the judgement.

Derrick Ngumu claims Deputy Chief Justice Mwilu and Lenaola had improper contact with advocates of the petitioner Raila Amolo Odinga.

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