Summary

  • The Supreme Court expected to once again find itself playing referee in a bruising battle for the presidency.
  • This follows a declaration by Odinga on Tuesday that he had withdrawn his candidature for the October 26 presidential poll.
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IEBC chair Wafula Chebukati likely to turn to Supreme Court after Raila twist. PHOTO: Jambonewspot.com

The Supreme Court is on Wednesday expected to hear an application filed by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Chairman Wafula Chebukati on how he should go about verifying presidential election result forms originating from the polling station and constituency.

It is however likely to be called upon to arbitrate the latest spat between Opposition leader Raila Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta.

This follows a declaration by Odinga on Tuesday that he had withdrawn his candidature for the October 26 presidential poll.

It is his expectation that the IEBC should call for an entirely fresh election and conduct nominations afresh.

It is however President Kenyatta’s expectation that following Odinga’s voluntary withdrawal, he should be declared duly re-elected.

According to insiders, IEBC is likely to turn to the Supreme Court for guidance as to what action to take given it was the court that directed a fresh presidential poll be held by October 31 and given a conflict in its rules and a Supreme Court opinion on how a withdrawal should be handled.