Ahmednasir: Why presidential poll losers may not go to Supreme Court

Written by on 12 August 2022

Losers of the 2022 presidential election are likely to concede defeat, city lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi opines.

According to the Senior Counsel, it’s highly unlikely that any of the four candidates who participated in Tuesday’s polls will contest the results at the Supreme Court.

The ‘Grand Mullah’, as he is popularly known, claims the manner in which the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has handled the presidential election, is commendable.

“I don’t think the losing candidates in the just concluded Presidential contest will challenge the result in the Supreme Court…Chairman Chebukati and his Commissioners at IEBCKenya have done a good job,” the city lawyer said in a tweet on Thursday.

“As we wait for the results of the 8.9.2022 elections we must congratulate Chairman Chebukati, his fellow Commissioners and his entire IEBCKenya team for a job well done. Announcing the results is taking time…but that is out of abundant caution.”

Ahmednasir is one of the country’s most sought advocates when it comes to presidential petitions. IEBC is said to have paid the lawyer Ksh40 million in the 2013 presidential petition, lodged by the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD). He also appeared in court for the ruling Jubilee party in the 2017 presidential petition.

Tallying of presidential results

The commission started tallying the presidential results at the national tallying centre in Bomas, Nairobi, on Thursday, after receiving over 46,000 Form 34As from polling stations across the country.

Kenyans are waiting with bated breath to see who between the leading candidates — Raila Odinga of the Azimio One Kenya coalition and Kenya Kwanza’s William Ruto — will emerge victorious in the cut-throat contest.

IEBC this week allowed members of the public to access results declared in all polling stations online in real-time, a move seen as a deliberate effort by the commission to increase the transparency of the election.

Copies of the results in Form 34A from all polling stations in the country’s 47 counties can be accessed through https://forms.iebc.or.ke/.

The law gives the electoral body up to seven days to declare the outcome of the election, but Chebukati says the commission will deliver the election in the shortest time possible.

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