Karua goes to court to have the whole August 8 election nullified

If Uhuru was not validly elected, so did the others

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Narc Kenya leader Martha Karua. PHOTO: GERALD ANDERSON/NATION MEDIA GROUP

Narc Kenya party leader Martha Karua who lost in the last elections has surprised with her request to the courts.

Asking Chief Justice David Maraga to constitute a three-judge bench to hear her petition against her nemesis and now Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru, she seeks to have the country return to the ballot for a repeat General Election after the court nullified the presidential one.

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Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru. PHOTO: KENYATREND

According to her, if Anne Waiguru was not validly elected, the whole election held on Tuesday, August 8 for the various positions were invalid too.

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“All other elections for ward representatives, MPs, Senators and Woman Representatives were marked with irregularities and should be nullified and fresh one ordered,” the Daily Nation quoted Karua on Monday, September 11.

The call by the powerful cabinet minister is based on the verdict issued by the Supreme Court on Friday, September 1 which was ruled in favour of Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka, effectively overturning the declaration by IEBC Chair Wafula Chebukati that President Uhuru Kenyatta won the election.

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According to four of the six judges, IEBC carried out an election that was marred with irregularities and illegalities, so much that it compromised on the integrity of the whole process.

Chief Justice Maraga ordered a fresh presidential election and the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has gazetted October 17, 2017 as the day Kenyans will go back to the ballot.

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Since then, there have been an outpouring of election petitions being filed across the country by election losers who hope to use the Supreme Court judgement as precedent.

19 Governors now risk losing their seats while the remainder are mostly Members of County Assembly.

The rulings on the 277 petitions now before court are expected six months from the date of filing.