NAIROBI, The opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) has served Kenya’s Independent Electoral Commission (IEBC), its chairman, Wafula Chebukati, and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta with the petition it filed Friday evening at Supreme Court of Kenya challenging the Aug 8 presidential election results.
A notice by Murumba and Awele, the lawyers of the NASA presidential candidate, Raila Odinga, and vice-presidential running mate Kalonzo Musyoka, was published in newspapers Sunday, citing the IEBC as the first respondent, Chebukati as the 2nd respondent and President Kenyatta as the 3rd respondent.
NASA also said in its twitter handle that it had also served the respondents with the hard copy of the petition. According to the law, the respondents can be served directly or by advertisement in a newspaper with national circulation.
The law also requires the petitioner, within six hours of filing the petition, to serve the respondent with the petition by electronic means.
The IEBC said by 5 pm Friday it had yet to receive the petition. In its twitter handle the electoral body claimed that its attempts to collect the petition from NASA’s lawyers also proved futile as their offices remained closed.
NASA co-principal Musalia Mudavadi has in the meantime expressed confidence that the coalition will come out as the winner in the case challenging the polls results.
Presidential Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu lauded NASA for seeking justice over the disputed presidential election results from the court of law. Esipisu said the proper place to contest the electoral body’s result declaration was the courts as provided for under the Constitution.
The Supreme Court judges have in the meantime set aside 14 days to pronounce themselves on NASA’s petition. There will a pre-trial conference among the petitioners and the respondents which is supposed to be held nine days after the filing of this petition.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK