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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Good thing judges will hear election petitions 24/7

Chief Justice David Maraga
Chief Justice David Maraga

Chief Justice David Maraga should be commended for his announcement yesterday that judges will work 24-7, including weekends, to ensure election disputes are resolved in good time.

Maraga cited “the constitutional timelines without compromising on the quality of rulings”. He spoke during the launch of the Bench book on electoral disputes resolution.

The 12th General Election is the biggest event in Kenyan electioneering history and the litigation arising from it is also likely to be massive and time-consuming.

He also indicated that judges are undertaking refresher courses to bring them up to speed with the changes made in the Election Laws since 2013.

These are appropriate decisions that will go a long way towards easing tensions in numerous places and saving money on by-elections.

Maraga declared: “We must never forget the crisis that gripped Kenya in the aftermath of the 2007 General Election. Those horrid events will always be a reminder that when electoral disputes are left in the hands of non-judicial processes, Kenyans pay an enormous price.”

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