The law society of Kenya (LSK) has been the latest on the list of parties seeking to be enjoined as friends of court in the petition filed by Azimio la umoja presidential candidate Raila Odinga and his running mate Martha Karua challenging the final presidential results announced by IEBC chairman wafula chebukati on august 15th .
‘ …we believe if the court will allow our application then we will be able to verily assist the court in making determination…’ said Kabata
Through their council member Mwaura Kabata, LSK wants to help the court with three issues, concerning the meaning of the standard of proof in an election petition, the value of rejected votes in presidential elections and the role of IEBC commission in tallying, verification and declaration of the results.
“…the issues include determination of the standard of proof in this issue and the concise meaning of all votes cast..”Said Kabata
Other parties seeking to be enjoined are attorney general Kihaka Kariuki, chama cha kazi party leader Moses Kuria and former Mbeere member of parliament Geofrey King’ani.
Lsk says the supreme court should clarify what roles commissioners should play in the presidential election process after the disagreement witnessed at the national tallying centre when four commisioners disowned and distanced themselves from the results announced by Chebukati.
The supreme court is set to hold a pretrial conference tommorow on tuesday august 30th 2022 to identify and narrow down dispute areas before the case proceeds for full hearing.
Wednesday august 31st is reserved for third party or friend of court applications. The case will be heard and determined by all the seven judges of the supreme court led by chief justice Martha Koome within 14 days since the filling of the petition and he verdict delivered by September 5th 2022.
By Mary Wekesa