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Petitioners massively dismiss 2017 election petition

By Kamau Muthoni | Published Fri, August 3rd 2018 at 00:00, Updated August 2nd 2018 at 23:07 GMT +3

At least 90 per cent of cases filed in court to challenge the 2017 election outcome were dismissed.

A record 388 cases were filed, sparked off by the Supreme Court's annulment of the presidential election over irregularities.

Not of help

This could mean the National Super Alliance presidential candidate Raila Odinga's petition win against President Uhuru Kenyatta, last year, did not largely help the cases.

Out of the 388 cases emanating from the August 8, election, only 44 were allowed by the High Court and Magistrates courts. This translates to 10 per cent.

A further 56 per cent of appeals filed out of the verdicts have so far been dismissed. Only 17 per cent of the appeals were allowed.

There were 209 appeals filed before the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and the High Court.

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Out of these, 11 were filed before the Supreme Court and have not been determined.

Those who have gone to the Supreme Court include Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua and Homa Bay's Cyprian Awiti.

The fights for Kirinyaga, Kwale and Wajir governorship have also ended up before the Supreme Court.

Embakasi East Jubilee parliamentary candidate Francis Muriithi, who had his win against Babu Owino reversed, is also at the Supreme Court alongside Eldama Ravine and Embakasi South MPs.

Only one case touching on the Senate seat pitting Lamu's Anwar Loitiptip and Hassan Albeity has been filed at the Supreme Court.

Withdrawn

Before the Court of Appeal, 20 appeals were withdrawn while 50 have been thrown out.

Out of the appeals, 11 have been allowed.

As compared to 2013, the number of cases shot by 200 as the Judiciary then had 188 petitions to deal with.

Data gathered by The Standard from the Judiciary indicates 98 cases were filed last year over parliamentary seats.

A total 12 cases were filed to challenge elected women representatives.

County assembly cases were the highest at 139.


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