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Raila, Karua Receive a Major Setback on Petition as Supreme Court Rejects 3 of Their Pleas

Azimio la Umoja After learning that the Supreme Court had denied three of its requests pertaining to the Independent Election and Boundaries Commission's (IEBC) electoral procedures, One Kenya Alliance presidential candidate Raila Odinga and his running mate Martha Karua experienced a big shock.

In a pre-decision hearing held yesterday, Raila, Karua, and the other eight petitioners established the rules for the five-day trial.

Despite granting Raila access to IEBC servers, the 7-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Martha Koome rejected Raila's motion to compel IEBC to add over a soft copy of the voters register in one of the pre-trial rulings.

The court also rejected Mr. Odinga's request that the terms of reference between the IEBC procurement deal and Smartmatic International holdings be made available to the public. This comes after the four commissioners who dissented noted that the purchase of the ballots was not an open and transparent process.

Today at Milimani Law Court, the petition's actual hearing will begin. The primary petitioners, Raila-Karua, will present their case first.

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