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Kenya's Supreme Court Ponders Election

FILE: Kenyan Supreme Court judges preside over the hearing of petitions challenging President Uhuru Kenyatta's reelection in a repeat presidential poll, in Nairobi. Taken 11.14.2017

Kenya's Supreme Court started hearing arguments on Wednesday in challenges to the presidential election. Losing opposition candidate Raila Odinga is among those challenging the results and alleging a range of problems with the election process.

Kenya's Deputy President William Ruto was declared the winner earlier this month with just over 50% of votes.

But his main challenger, Raila Odinga, filed challenges to the election's outcome, which are now before Kenya's Supreme Court.

Pheroze Nowrojee, Raila Odinga's senior counsel, takes issue with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, in which four of its members refused to certify the election results. Nowrojee singled out the chairman, Nafula Chebukati.

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"Under the chairmanship of this particular officer, we have a crisis," Nowrojee said, adding "Let me show you another step taken by Mr. Chebukati in this election on the 8th of January, I am sorry, on the 8th of August, Mr. Chebukati announced that the gubernatorial elections for the next day in Mombasa and in Kakamega were postponed and he puts it out in a gazette notice."

Odinga's lawyer went on to say "Once again we have queried whether that was a decision of the Commission or of himself."

Another Odinga attorney, James Orengo, stated "I want the court, with respect, to look at what the IEBC has said in return or in response to those very, very serious allegations."

Kenyan Gladness Mwakughu said it's hoped that the Supreme Court can resolve this situation and keep the peace.

"It could be, maybe, there were irregularities just like any other elections in other times but we are still waiting for the court to...the court will still be the final word for everything and at least when the court rules, the final verdict from the court will relieve every Kenyan," Mwakughu said.

The court has until Monday to issue its judgment.