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Do not discuss petition outside court, CJ directs

NAIROBI, KENYA: The Supreme Court has laid down the ground rules for the proceedings of the presidential poll petition in a mention presided over by Chief Justice Willy Mutunga.

Parties involved in the suit have been directed to desist from discussing matters pertaining to the petition outside court.

“The petitioners and respondents, their agents, supporters and advisors are directed to desist from prosecuting the merits of their cases in any forum other than this court,” said the Chief Justice.

Acknowledging the role of the media in informing the public, Mutunga underscored the importance of impartial coverage of the poll petition.

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“Media houses, individual journalists and commentators are to perform their functions in a fair impartial and responsible manner. The media is required to strictly adhere to the code of conduct of practice of journalism in Kenya at all times, “said Mutunga.

The Chief Justice also stated due to public interest, there will be live coverage of the court’s proceedings. Mutunga added that the Supreme Court will hold a pre-trial session on Monday, the 25th of March.

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There are three petitions before the court contesting the presidential poll, the most prominent being the one filed by Cord on Saturday.

Supreme court Justices Smokin Wanjala, Jackton Ojwang, Njoki Ndungu, Mohammed Ibrahim, Philip Tunoi will hear and determine the petitions, alongside the  Chief Justice.

According to article 140 of the constitution, the ruling made by the six judge bench will be final.

 Source:standardmedia.co.ke

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