Petition challenging October 26th elections filed

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NAIROBI,KENYA:A petition challenging the October 26th elections has been filed at the Supreme Court by former Kilome MP Harun Mwau.

The petition challenges the validity of the October 26th election over what it terms as conduct in a partial and partisan manner.

The petition names the IEBC,IEBC chair Wafula Chebukati and President Uhuru Kenyatta as the 1st second and third respondents respectively.

“The first and 2nd respondents deliberately failed to conduct nominations of candidates contrary to regulations 16,17,18 ,19 and 20 of the elections (General )regulations 2012” reads the petition.

According to Mwau, in conducting a fresh election, the IEBC should have called for fresh application and submission of documents by all candidates seeking to vie and collected the prerequisite mandatory presidential candidates nomination fee of Sh. 200,000.

“Proceeding to conduct fresh presidential elections without nominated candidates, nominations, without fees, and without giving persons listed as candidates equal campaign period, directly affected the conduct and results of the fresh presidential elections of 26th October 2017,” reads part of the petition.

The former MP further argues it was “discriminative, unfair, not transparent and contrary to the Constitution” for the IEBC to hold an election while two candidates – President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga – had campaigned for a longer period than the other five candidates who were allowed to vie 13 days prior to the October 26 election day.

Last month another petition filed by Harun Mwau seeking to postpone the October 26th elections was thrown out of the high court.

Parties seeking to dispute the results of the October 26th election had until Monday Midnight to file a petition.