Judiciary collects Sh99m in Aug 8 election petitions

Chief Justice David Maraga. FILE PHOTO | NMG
Chief Justice David Maraga. FILE PHOTO | NMG  

The Judiciary has collected more than Sh99 million from the 288 election petitions arising from August 8 general elections.

About Sh6.7 million went direct to the Judiciary’s bank account as costs of filling the petitions while Sh92.4 million was deposited as security for costs that will be incurred upon determination of the disputes.

According to a Kenya Gazette Notice signed by Chief Justice (CJ) David Maraga, 34 petitions were filed against governors, 15 against senators, 12 for Women Representatives, 98 for members of National Assembly and 129 for Members of the County Assembly (MCAs).

The Judiciary was charging Sh30,000 for each petition filed to challenge election of a governor, senator, MP and County Women Representative and Sh15,000 for disputes on MCA election.

According to guidelines gazetted by Justice Maraga, each of the petitioners was required to deposit a refundable security of Sh500,000 for the governor, senator, MP and Women Representative cases.

Applicants for the MCA positions were required to deposit a security fee of Sh100,000.

Petitions against MCAs will be heard and determined by the resident magistrate’s court.

The other elective positions will be heard by a High Court Judge designated by the CJ.