Supreme court orders re-tallying of 22 stations

Court cession. Ruling expected by Saturday

Court cession. Ruling expected by Saturday

The  Supreme court has ordered re-tallying of presidential votes in 22 polling station.

The court also demanded to be furnished with all form 34 and 36 from the 33 400 and 291 polling stations  respectively. Re-tallying results should be submitted to the court by Wednesday 4 pm. The petitioner and the respondents to nominate 10 representatives each to to act as agents during the exercise.  Supreme court justice Dr. Smokin Wanjala ruled that the agents will take the  secrecy oath. He also said the court registrar will determin the venue of the exercise which should be communicated to the parties tonight.

The court also rejected the application submitted by the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) on partisan grounds. Litigants from the two opposing sides all claimed LSK appeared to be partisan, and so its inclusion as a friend of the court might damage the outcome. But the same application presented by Attorney General Githu Muigai was granted.

Supreme court judges during the pre-trial conference today

Supreme court judges during the pre-trial conference today

The court through justice Njoki Ndungu outlined the timeline allotted both the petitioners and the respondents, and warned each party to go with the proscribed timelines.  Lady justice Ndungu warned parties that the court did not have the luxury of time and so each parties will not be allowed to extend their time completely.

CORD’s lawyer George Oraro presented additional 900 hundred page affidavit, which spurred sharp criticisms from the respondents saying the affidavits were late and so they should be ignored. But Oraro defended his decision arguing he did not present any new evidence, but rather additional  substantive pleadings.

Pre-trial conference continues tomorrow.

About Douglas Namale

Douglas Namale is the founder of Community Media in Kibera, Managing editor of Mtaani Insight (www.mtaani.net) and a Mapper at Map Kibera Trust.
He is a former managing editor of Kibera Journal (www.kiberajournal.org) and an ICT literacy activist particularly among the youth in the slums and rural areas. He is also a facilitator in Community Media, good governance, active citizenship, Open space technology, Access to information and Freedom of expression.
He has presented his work in different global platforms including, ICT4D 2010 in London, Broadcast and Film Africa Conference in Nairobi in 2011 among others. He believes an informed citizen is an empowered society. I strongly believe the ICT tools and citizen journalism will form part of 3rd liberalization in Kenya.

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