16 March 2013

Kenya: Coalition of Reform and Democracy Finally Files Poll Petition

Photo: Raila Secretariat/Facebook
‘Democracy-On-Trial’ campaign launched to support the Presidential Petition filed by the CORD Coalition.

The Coalition for Reform and Democracy (Cord) has today file a petition with the Supreme Court that seeks to challenge last week's declaration by Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Isaack Hassan, in which Uhuru Kenyatta of the Jubilee coalition was declared the president-elect following the March 4 poll.

The Supreme Court's Chief Registrar Gladys Boss Sholei confirmed the filing of the petition and stated that the preparations for the hearing will take nine days. She further added that the case which will be heard from March 25 will only be heard for two days to March 26,

She also gave conditions for the press to cover the proceedings. Sholei said that only one media sation will be allowed to record the proceeding and will share the signal with all other media houses. Additionally, Sholei said that the print media will be required to appoint two reporters to take minutes of the proceedings.

The registrar further said that only four lawyers and nine other people will be allowed in the the Supreme Court chambers during the proceedings.

Cord is challenging the poll outcome in which it's presidential candidate and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga came second in the polls. The coalition has repeatedly stated that the polls were marred with numerous anomalies such as the failure of the Electronic Voter Identification devices (EVI), the failure of the electronic voter transmission system, and the reversion to manual tallying.

Raila Odinga who has repeatedly expressed confidence in the reformed judiciary has said the coalition has a strong case against the IEBC but has maintained that he will respect the ruling of the the Supreme Court on the petition and has asked the Jubilee coalition to do the same. He has also reiterated to the Cord supporter to remain calm and await the judiciary's decision.

"We have enough evidence for our poll petition. I am calling upon all CORD supporters to be calm during this period and give the Judiciary a chance to expedite this case," Odinga said.

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