Cord moves to Supreme Court over Uhuru poll victory

What you need to know:

  • Civil Society group AFRICOG is filing petition at Supreme Court.
  • Police disperse pro-Cord youth gathered outside Judiciary.
  • Cord lawyer George Oraro at the Supreme Court registry where court officials are verifying documents.
  • Oraro: Petitioner is Raila Odinga and the respondents are IEBC, Isaack Hassan, President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta and deputy president-elect William Ruto.

The Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (Cord) will file a petition challenging President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta's election victory.

Raila Odinga will lead and a Cord team to the Supreme Court to file the petition Saturday.

Before moving to court, Mr Odinga will hold a media briefing at this office at 10 am, his spokesman Dennis Onyango said.

At the briefing, the Prime Minister is expected to highlight why the case is important.

On Friday, one of Cord's lawyer James Orengo said the civil society had filed many applications in court and the coalition had decided to file its challenge on Saturday.

He said the move would allow Kenyans understand the petition merits and why Cord was disputing the results announced as by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

“We have been informed that several other cases were being filed today at the Supreme Court mostly by civil society. That is why we have pushed ours to Saturday so that the public could get a chance to follow it without it being lumped with other petitions, which were being filed today (Friday),” he said during a news conference at the Serena Hotel, Nairobi.

Mr Orengo said Chief Justice Willy Mutunga, had given them an undertaking that the court registry would be open on a Saturday, adding that the petition was still within the seven-day window for filing presidential petitions, after the results had been announced by the IEBC.

“The Chief Justice has given us an undertaking that the Supreme Court registry would be open over the weekend, so our petition will still be filed within the seven-day timeline.

"Dr Mutunga released new rules stating that petitions filed between the first and last day of the seven day period would be deemed to have been filed on the last day, and hence our petition is within the statutory limit and we have not run out of time,” he said.


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