Kenya Supreme Court Identifies Issues for Determination as Hearing Begins

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The Kenya Supreme Court has identified four issues for determination as the trial challenging Uhuru Kenyatta as next president begins in Nairobi.

The Kenya Supreme Court has identified four issues for determination as the trial challenging Uhuru Kenyatta as next president begins in Nairobi.
 
This comes as hearing of three elections petitions begin today after having concluded on pre-trial conference on Tuesday evening.
 
 The six-judge bench have consolidated issues from the different legal teams present in court and come up with only four issues for determination. The issues are: whether or not Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto were validly elected as President and Deputy President respectively.
 
 The second issue up for determination is whether the presidential election held on March 4 was conducted in a free, fair, transparent and credible manner with regard to the constitution and other relevant laws.
 
Thirdly the court will determine whether the rejected votes ought to be included in the tally of votes. This is an issue that was raised during the tallying process.
 
The Jubilee Alliance, at the time, was opposed to the inclusion of the rejected votes to percentages of votes garnered by presidential candidate. The inclusion  of rejected votes in the percentage could affect the 50% plus 1 threshold required by the constitution for a candidate to be president.
 
 The fourth issues that court has identified, is what consequential declarations, orders,  and reliefs  should court grant based on the other three determinations. Raila Odinga, the chief petitioner in this case, wants court to order for fresh presidential elections. Having come in second with more than 5.3 million votes, Odinga rejected the results terming it as a sham and a repeat of the 2007 botched elections.
 
 However international elections observers lauded Kenyans for the largely peaceful electoral process that saw long queues on March 4. They also lauded the electoral body, IEBC for work well done despite the numerous challenges faced.
 
The Supreme Court will issue its verdict on Saturday, 30 March.
 
Both Raila Odinga and Uhuru Kenyatta have promised to accept the judgment. They have also called upon their supporters to remain calm.