The National Super Alliance on August 18 2017 late evening filed its petition at the Supreme Court challenging President Uhuru Kenyatta’s win in the August 8 elections.
Nasa is seeking to reverse the election results that saw Uhuru Kenyatta declared the winner by 54% of the votes cast.
Nasa presidential candidate, Raila Odinga, accuses the IEBC of denying him a win by manipulating the results in favor of the Jubilee Party flag bearer Uhuru Kenyatta.
Nasa had earlier indicated that it would not seek legal redress in challenging the presidential results. It maintains that the results were computer-generated.
The petition will be heard and determined within the next 14 days by a seven-judge bench under the leadership of Chief Justice David Maraga.
The Supreme Court can uphold Uhuru’s win, order a repeat of the presidential election or order re-tallying of the results.
If the court upholds the win, the inauguration of Uhuru Kenyatta for a second term will be held by earliest September 12.
However, if the win is overturned, then IEBC will have 60 days to organize a fresh presidential election and the country will go back to the polls on November 1 2017.
The Supreme Court in 2013 upheld Uhuru Kenyatta’s win after a scrutiny of Forms 34 and 36 used in the tallying of the presidential results from all the polling stations. Raila’s election petition was dismissed by the former Chief Justice Willy Mutunga-chaired bench.
Kenyans to wait
The Supreme Court Registry remained open past working hours to accommodate the Nasa petition.
Scores of NASA supporters camped outside the Supreme Court building, waving placards and shouting anti-Jubilee slogans.
Nasa has two days to serve respondents who include Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto, IEBC and IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati with the suit papers. They will then have four days to file their responses.
The move by Nasa means Kenyans will now have to wait for at least three weeks to have a duly elected president in office.