The much-awaited Supreme Court verdict on the consolidated presidential petition will be delivered today at noon.
According to a public notice from the registrar of the Supreme Court Letizia Wachira, the seven-judge bench will deliver the verdict judgment at Milimani Law Courts.
“Take notice that the judgment in this petition will be delivered on Monday, September 5, 2022, at noon at the Supreme Court of Kenya Milimani Law Courts,” read part of the notice.
The verdict is set to be the climax of the August 9, 2022, presidential polls which came to a close on Friday after a three-day hearing that saw legal minds from the associated camps argue for and against the petition.
After the hearing, the seven-judge bench raised eyebrows with several questions to the petitioners and respondents that would aid in the determination of the petition.
Among the queries raised by Chief Justice Martha Koome lead team included; why Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati deemed it fit to assign commissioners small tasks, leaving core business to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Marjan Hussein Marjan, why over 1.6 million votes kept streaming in hours after voting closed? How a re-run would happen without Chebukati?
Others were; Issues surrounding the announcement of the winner without the 27 constituencies? the relevance of rejected votes? Scientific studies regarding the relationship of elections postponement? Definition of IEBC? The participation of the 4 dissenting commissioners, among other key issues.
Martha Karua on Friday confirmed that the Azimio coalition was going to respect today’s decision.
Ruto, who was declared by Chebukati as the president-elect in the August 9 polls, assured he would respect the Supreme Court’s decision expected Monday confirming or invalidating the results of the vote.
“Tomorrow, the Supreme Court will deliver its judgement on the Presidential election petition. Because we are country that adheres to the law, we will equally respect the decision of the court… that is how we will be able to have an all-inclusive country. There is no bigger or lesser Kenyans, all Kenyans are equal before the law,” affirmed Ruto after a Sunday service in Nakuru.
With a difference of about 233,000 votes between the winner and the second placed Odinga with 50.49 per cent to 48.85 per cent.