The much awaited verdict of the presidential petitions at the Supreme Court of Kenya was delivered at exactly 17.00 hrs as per Chief Justice Willy Mutunga promise. Below is the much awaited landmark ruling:

     1. After extensive deliberations, we are happy to announce the Supreme Court has reached a unanimous decision on all the four issues that fell for determination in presidential election Petition No. 3, 4 and 5 as consolidated. 
    2. The following is the unanimous decision of the court:

        (i) As to whether the presidential election held on March 4th 2013, was conducted in a free, fair, transparent and credible manner, in compliance with the provisions of the Constitution and all relevant provisions of the law; it is the decision of the court that the said elections were indeed conducted in compliance with the Constitution and the law.

       (ii) As to whether the 3rd and 4th Respondents were validly elected and declared as President elect and Deputy President elect of the Republic of Kenya respectively, by the Second Respondent in the presidential elections held on the 4th March 2013; it is the decision of the court that the 3rd and 4th respondents were validly elected.

       (iii) As to whether the rejected votes ought to have been included in determining the final tally of votes in favour of each of the Presidential candidate by the 2nd Respondent; it is the decision of the court that such rejected votes ought not to have been included in calculating the final tallies in favour of each presidential candidate.

        (iv) As to what consequential declarations, orders and reliefs, that this honorable court ought to grant based on the above determinations, the following are the orders of the Court:

      (a). Petition No.5 of the consolidated petitions is hereby dismissed.

      ( b) Petition No. 4 of the consolidated petitions is hereby dismissed.

       (c). As to Petition No. 3 of the consolidated petitions, the prayer by the Petitioners seeking a declaration of recomputation of percentages by the 2nd Respondent is declined as the court as no jurisdiction.

      (d). Regarding orders as to costs, the Court orders that each party bears his/her/it’s own costs. 

   3. The detailed judgement containing the reasons for decision of the Court will be issued within two weeks from today.

   4. Orders accordingly.

 DATED and DELIVERED at NAIROBI this 30th March, 2013.
  Source: Kenya Law Reports


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