Judiciary ready to handle election petitions

Judiciary ready to handle election petitions

Judges and Magistrates are willing and ready to tackle any election disputes arising from the August 8 polls, Chairman of the Judiciary Committee on Elections, Justice Msagha Mbogholi has said.

Justice Mbogholi has said that all judges and magistrates who will handle election petitions have been trained.

Speaking during earlier today during a joint press conference with IEBC, the Judiciary and the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (Kepsa) on elections preparedness, also said a special group of 92 magistrates has been trained to handle hate speech and bribery allegations.

“We can look Kenyans in the eye today and say that any case brought to us will be decided in the timelines provided in law,” Mbogholi said.

He said the courts have done a lot of work in preparing for elections and all judicial officials are prepared to handle cases that may arise before and after the elections.

In May, Chief Justice David Maraga re-affirmed the Judiciary’s readiness to handle all disputes arising from the August General elections.

Maraga revealed that the courts expects a high number of disputes after the elections especially from the ward level.

“The judiciary is very well prepared. We’ve had the judges trained to refresh their minds to deal with petitions. At the moment we’re hearing appeals from the parties on the party primaries,” he said then.



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