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Raila given room till Friday midnight to file petition against Uhuru

The Supreme Court registry will be opened from 7 am to Friday midnight to give ample time for the filing of NASA’s presidential election petition.

Esther Nyaiyaki, Supreme Court registrar, on Thursday said similar accommodation will be given to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s team.

This followed the plan by Raila Odinga to challenge the latter’s presidential race win at the highest court in the land.

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Presidential election petition rules posit that the petitioner is required to serve the respondent within two days of filing.

The the respondent, on the other hand, must file the response within four days of being served.

“The Registry will open until midnight on the fourth day to receive the response,” Nyaiyaki said.

She said the office has been opening between 7am and 8 pm from August 14 until today (August 17).

“These working hours will be subject to such other directions as the Chief Justice may issue,” she said.

Article 140 (2) of the Constitution provides strict time frames within which petitions filed in the Supreme Court should be heard and determined.

It requires that the court makes the determination within 14 days of the filing of the petition, in this case on or before September 1.

Uhuru was declared the winner of August 8 poll having garnered 8,203,290 votes against Raila’s 6,762,224.

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Interlocutory applications must be filed one day from the date of filing of the response, while the pre-trial conference will take place eight days after filing the petition.

The hearing will take place immediately after the pre-trial conference.

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