Supreme Court Blocks NASA From Presidential Petition
The National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition has been expunged as a respondent in the presidential petitions challenging the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Delivering the ruling on Tuesday night, the six-judge bench disallowed any mentions of NASA in the petition.
An application by the Jubilee party to be enjoined as an interested party was also declined.
The Attorney General was allowed to join the petition as an interested party. However, his application as Amicus Curiae was rejected as his application does not meet the threshold set in the Matemu case.
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Thirdway Alliance Presidential Candidate Ekuru Aukot was granted his application to be enjoined in the case as an interested party.
The Supreme Court Judges also expunged the internal memos from the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) from the case.
Furthermore, the Supreme Court Judges ruled that the case filed by the Institute for Democratic Governance would not be heard alongside the two election petitions.
Lawyers made their submissions for most of Tuesday morning and well into the evening hours of the day despite Chief Justice David Maraga having cautioned the counsels on the short time available to decide on the matters.
"We have a total of fifteen applications that were filed yesterday. We were here close to midnight last night looking at them. Some we are just disposing to the written submissions that have been filed," the CJ observed.
According to the Supreme Court rules, the pre-trial conference must be held on the seventh day after the petitions have been filed with the court's registrar, the leeway expires on Tuesday at midnight.
CJ Maraga observed that the purpose of the pre-trial hearing would be to establish whether all the parties have been served with the necessary filings, hear preliminary objections and possibly consolidate the suits and set the hearing dates.
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