Kenya: Gladwell, Kiai Launch Website On Poll Petition

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A website containing all evidence used in Supreme Court petition has been launched.

Gladwell Otieno and Zahid Rajad from Africa Center for Open Governance have partnered with Inform Action director Maina Kiai to launch the 'People's Court' where evidence on electoral malpractices will be uploaded.

The website has been launched ahead of a detailed finding to be released by the Supreme Court on its ruling during that upheld the election of Uhuru Kenyatta as Kenya's fourth president. It will give unique public access to the evidence filed at the Supreme Court by civil society.

Kiai said the website will attempt to present in public all the evidence around the recent elections.

Africog said it would upload a 900-page document detailing evidence on the alleged electoral malpractices it managed to gather while monitoring the elections.

"Supreme Courts could be wrong and they have been wrong in the other jurisdictions such as in the US. That is why we want an open debate on this issue to allow the public to decide what took place," said Kiai.

The people's court will also allow the public to see evidence presented to the Supreme Court and hopes to make institutions accountable through transparency and scrutiny.

Kiai said that though columnists have written about the 4th March election, investigative journalists have not yet told Kenyans what transpired during elections. He said the journalists may not have the information but the people's court will provide it.

The public will be allowed to criticise and recommend new ways of conducting a free and fair election which the IEBC can adopt.

"This is not about individuals but the election process. The website will open a public debate with the aim of strengthening our democracy," said Africog.

Gladwell said the intention of starting the website was not to change the decision by the Supreme Court but to initiate debate among Kenyans about their institutions.