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Kenya Supreme Court meets today for the new petitions

Experts: Less chances to nullify elections than after the august ones

14-11-2017 by Freddie del Curatolo

From today, the Supreme Court of Kenya, presided over by Judge David Maraga, is meeting to examine the appeals submitted after the elections-bis of 26th October last year by a former Kenyan parliamentarian and an association for civil rights, plus some petitions against the Opposition accused of having illegally boycotted the same presidential votes, in addition to having prevented the smooth running of the same in some counties of the country.
Maraga presides over the same jury that surprisingly, with a ruling that had no precedent in Africa, annulled the first presidential elections on 1 September last year (guaranteeing the popular, parliamentary and counties elections) for various irregularities of the Electoral Commission IEBC.
As with every election, since three legislatures in this part of the year, there have been appeals and protests this time again, even if after the clashes in the slums of Nairobi and in the strongholds of the candidate Odinga on Lake Victoria they have been limited to the day of the elections and the following day.
For the past two weeks, the situation has been calm and there have been no demonstrations either in the capital or elsewhere.
So, despite the fact that law enforcement agencies have raised the threshold of attention near the Supreme Court and expect sit-in and demonstrations, judges can now work in relative tranquility.
In the first few days they will check all the complaints (which this time are not contained in disproportionate dossiers as in the case of 11 August, when the NASA coalition filed an appeal of 28 thousand pages), then they will ask the parties concerned to read them and prepare their defence pleadings.
All this should take us towards the end of the month, when the Supreme Court will finally meet and decide whether Uhuru Kenyatta can be made official at the Nation as President of Kenya until 2022 or whether for the second time in a row (and this would be a world precedent of all time and all democracies) we will have to return to the polls. 
But this time this time within 90 days, then presumably at the end of February, and not only to elect the Head of State.  

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