Chief Justice David Maraga has reiterated that the Judiciary is ready to handle all cases arising from both pre-election and election-related cases, be it civil or criminal cases. He said all judges and magistrates are working to ensure there is a sustained public confidence in the judiciary, “They’re also alive to the stringent timelines set in the law for the various processes leading to the election on 8th August.” Chief Justice Maraga was speaking at the launch of the Judiciary election preparedness report at the Supreme Court, Nairobi.
He said the political parties disputes tribunal is currently handling cases from aspirants who weren’t satisfied with the outcome of party primaries, “As of yesterday evening, we had received a total of 47 appeals from the political party decisions.” CJ Maraga said they’re sure that the cases will be handled within the set timeline so that they don’t affect IEBC’s timetable. He added that the High Court is ready to handle appeals which may subsequently arise from decisions of the Political Parties Dispute Tribunal, “I’ve already appointed ten judges who are ready, and I’ve given them the authority to work outside working hours,” he said.
The Chief Justice urged all stakeholders to play a constructive role and ensure the general elections are credible and peaceful, citing that the Judiciary is already committed to the mission.