Postponement of polls in 8 elective posts was deliberate, Soweto tells Supreme Court

The 7 Supreme Court judges entered the first day of hearing the presidential petition where they are set to determine 9 issues raised by the petitioners in petitions filed.

Representing the main petitioner, Raila Odinga and Martha Karua, Julie Soweto an advocate presented the issues 3, 4 and 5.

Issue number 4 was on whether the postponement of Gubernatorial Elections in Kakamega and Mombasa Counties, Parliamentary elections in Kitui Rural, Kacheliba Rongai and Pokot South Constituencies and electoral wards in Nyaki West in North Imenti Constituency and Kwa Njenga in Embakasi South Constituency resulted in voter suppression to the detriment of the Petitioners in Petition No. E005 of 2022.

Julie referred to the affidavits of Celestine Anyango, Arnold Oginga and the petitioner’s agent Ezra Singuti.

Accoirding to Julie Soweto, the elections for the 8 elective posts were only postponed in Raila Odinga’s strongholds, noting that that was the only consistent theme among the 8 elections. The advocate deducted that the 1st petitioner, Raila Odinga and Martha Karua, did not start equally as the petition’s 1st respondent, William Ruto and Rigathi Gachagua.

Ezra, the petitioner’s agent, says in the polling station he was manning, polling started as late as 1PM due to KIEMS kit failure, an issue Julie says happened in Raila Odinga’s strongholds. Soweto adds on that where polling started late the time wasn’t extended for voters to cast their votes.

“It cannot be coincidental that only faulty KIEMS kits were sent to the petitioners strongholds,” Soweto presents her issue.

Julie Soweto is keen to mention that the comparison between areas that held their election on August 9th and those that postponed their election to August 29th had a vote differential of about 4% – 5% in voter turn-out in areas the election was cancelled.

Soweto alleges the cancellation of polls in strongholds was deliberate because the reasons given by the IEBC were not born out of statutory provisions for cancellation of the election. She references Irene Masit’s affidavit.

She reads in part, “The reason why the election was cancelled in those areas is because the commission procured the wrong ballot papers…due diligence wasn’t done in areas where elections were cancelled. And no meeting was held as required to be before procurement was done nor verification as was done in 2017.”

Julie Soweto, an advocate, concluded her submission by alleging the postponement of polls in the 8 elective posts was deliberate and not at all accidental.


Do you love solving puzzles?

Join our community and solve the Puzzling fun with our range of crosswords

image of various puzzles image of background wavy graphic

AM Live

AM Live is NTV's morning current affairs show that sets the agenda for the day with insightful panels every weekday.

Business Redefined

Business Redefined is Kenya’s premier thought leadership platform for unpacking matters regarding economic and finance policy as well demystifying complex developments in the region’s capital markets.

Daily Politics

This is Daily Politics. Here we look into the ins and outs of everything Kenyan politics. We pull no punches and have no reason to sugarcoat anything that matters to Kenyans.


A collection of our premium content. Diam curabitur vehicula A collection of our premium content. Diam curabitur vehicula

Full Episodes

A collection of our premium content. Diam curabitur vehicula A collection of our premium content. Diam curabitur vehicula

Gumzo La Sato

Gumzo La Sato is a live social issues show that aims to create awareness about issues affecting the larger society. The discussions range from Parenting, Marital bliss and struggles, Oppression, violence, and all matters of the Heart.

Health Diary

Health Diary is a weekly show that highlights different types of diseases/conditions and seeks ways to prevent, treat/manage them. The show debunks this through real life stories and also feature specialists in different fields, to offer medical advice on the same.

Letter To My Younger Self

Letter To My Younger Self is a podcast where guests get to write a letter to their younger self, from which Maxine formulates questions to ask them during the hour-long show.

Mazao Talks

Mazao looks at agriculture and agribusiness

Nation Reports

Nation Reports is a weekly podcast offers an opportunity for listeners to interact with various reporters and journey with them as they unravel the biggest most emotive stories.

Paradise Lost

Paradise Lost peeks through the story of Louis Otieno, the times, and everything in between.



Speaking of GEN Z

Speaking of Gen Z brings you entertaining but meaningful conversations about a generation that is trying to navigate through adulthood. Join hosts Michelle, Jackie and Esther as they unravel all things Gen Z.


Sport-On is a 30-minute sports magazine show on NTV and 3 hours on NATION FM. The show seeks to give the sports “fanatics” and “funatics” comprehensive and in-depth coverage of sports both locally and internationally.


Thamani is a business show which is dedicated to emerging issues regarding micro, small and medium size businesses.

The Trend

A two-hour-long live show that airs on Fridays. The show focuses on what is current in the entertainment industry, controversial and popular across all media platforms targeting those aged between 25 and 35 years.

The trend podcast

The trend podcast highlights and captures the best of banter from #TTTT segment that airs every Friday on NTV. It's the TTTT EXTRA

The Wicked Edition

The Wicked Edition with Dr. King’ori seeks to address serious issues through humour and relatable wit. It is a two-part half hour show filmed in front of a live audience


A collection of our premium content. Diam curabitur vehicula A collection of our premium content. Diam curabitur vehicula


Twende is a travel show that highlights beautiful, unique, diverse locations, people, and cultures. The show offers fresh perspectives on familiar locations and memorable experiences in new ones.


This Saturday evening lifestyle show lets viewers share their stories and life experiences as openly & honestly for the purpose of shifting the culture of silence.

VIP Access

VIP ACCESS is Anyiko Owoko’s YouTube and podcast show on Music and Culture dedicated to promoting Africa’s most promising talent and creatives. This podcast grants you VIP access into timeless interviews while providing a platform for rising as well as established artists across the continent. Since launching in 2018, Anyiko has interviewed over 70 African music stars.


This weekly news show aims to have all sides of debate but not be constrained by it, listen to main voices in the contest but not allow them to hold the viewers hostage, entertain debate but allow push back with all due respect.

When death do us part

In this podcast, three widowers openly speak about the process of grief, how they found themselves exposed to the emotional turmoil of losing their wives, and how society still does not know how to deal with them.

Your World

Your World is a health, wellness and variety show. It provides a platform for audiences and experts to share their experiences on how to improve or manage health issues, across Kenya and the Africa region.