By Judith Gicobi
The Supreme Court of Kenya has laid out a thorough schedule for the presidential petitions that have been submitted there.
At least nine petitions contesting the election of William Ruto as president have been submitted to the Kenyan Supreme Court thus far.
Raila Odinga, the candidate for Azimio La Umoja, and Okiya Omtatah, the senator-elect from Busia, are among those who have filed the petitions.
The court announced that the ultimate date of the verdict of the case submitted to the Supreme Court will be on Monday, September 5, outlining each phase of the petition in precise detail.
Under the plan, the petition for the presidency must be submitted by Monday, August 22.
The petition’s specified respondents will be served within a day, with the deadline falling on Tuesday, August 23.
The timetable also states that a response to a petition that has been filed and served must be made within four days, with a deadline of Saturday, August 27.
Rejoinder will be filed and served within one day, with a deadline of Sunday, August 28.
The filing and service deadline for interlocutory applications is set for Monday, August 29.
Responses to interlocutory applications will be provided within one day, on Tuesday, August 30.
Applications from third parties and friends of the court must be completed and served within one day of the deadline, which is set for Wednesday, August 31.
Tuesday, August 30, has been set aside for a pre-trial conference. Within 14 days of the petition’s filing date, the case will be heard and determined.