Cord Fails To File Petition

March 15, 2013
James Orengo

James Orengo, Cord Lawyer.

NAIROBI CITY The Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (Cord) has today failed to file a petition challenging the election of Uhuru Kenyatta as president pushing it tomorrow, Saturday.

James Orengo one of Cord’s lawyers said the move would  allow Kenyans understand the petition merits and why Cord was disputing the results announced as by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) citing many civil society had filed many applications and the coalition wants to file its challenge separately.

“We have been informed that several other cases were being filed today at the Supreme Court mostly by civil society. That is why we have pushed ours to Saturday so that the public could get a chance to follow it without it being lumped with other petitions, which were being filed today (Friday),” he said during a news conference at the Serena Hotel, Nairobi.

Orengo said Chief Justice Willy Mutunga, had given them an undertaking that the court registry would be open on a Saturday, adding that the petition was still within the seven-day window for filing presidential petitions, after the results had been announced by the IEBC.

“The Chief Justice has given us an undertaking that the Supreme Court registry would be open over the weekend, so our petition will still be filed within the seven-day timeline.

“Dr Mutunga released new rules stating that petitions filed between the first and last day of the seven day period would be deemed to have been filed on the last day, and hence our petition is within the statutory limit and we have not run out of time,” he added

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