The Supreme Court has upheld President Uhuru Kenyatta’s October 26 repeat presidential election victory.
The dismissal of the petitions challenging Uhuru’s election in the repeat poll paves way for his swearing-in for a second term on Tuesday, November 28.
The six-judge bench of the Supreme Court, on Monday, dismissed the petitions in a unanimous decision.
“The court has unanimously determined that the petitions are not merited. The petitions are hereby dismissed. The presidential election is upheld,” Chief Justice David Maraga said.
Two petitions were filed against Uhuru’s election, one filed by former Kilome MP Harun Mwau and the other by activists Njonjo Mue (International Commission of Jurists) and Kheleft Khalifa (Muslims for Human Rights).
The two petitions were eventually consolidated and heard together, although each party was allowed to submit issues raised in their petitions separately.
Among the issues cited by the petitioners as grounds for annulment of the election was a failure by the electoral commission to conduct fresh nominations, withdrawal of NASA flag bearer Raila Odinga and the failure by voters in 25 constituencies to take part in the election.
Both parties, respondents and petitioners, however, agreed that the country was on the brink and will “plunge into the abyss” depending on the court’s ruling.
IEBC declared Uhuru the winner of the October 26 repeat elections with 98 percent of the vote after rival Raila Odinga boycotted the contest and asked his supporters not to vote.
Only 39 percent of registered voters took part in the election.
The repeat poll was ordered by the Supreme Court after it annulled the results of the August election, won by Uhuru, over procedural irregularities.
A full judgment is expected to be delivered in 21 days.