The Kenyan Supreme Court has ordered the electoral commission to provide supervised access to computer systems used for the transmission and storage of voting data to party operatives of presidential candidate Raila Odinga.

Chief Justice Martha Koome also asked the police chief to ensure proper security for representatives during the exercise, which would take place at an undisclosed site.

The court also issued a 48-hour order for the examination and recount of ballots from 15 polling stations as part of Mr. Odinga’s election challenge after election commission chairman Wafula Chebukati pronounced Deputy President William Ruto the victor of the presidential election on August 9.

What’s happening now
After dismissing two petitions and denying three applications, the court has consolidated the case around nine concerns, including the validity of the election.

The court established the procedures for the hearing during Tuesday’s pre-trial meeting, including the amount of time allotted to each party and representation. On Wednesday, a seven-judge panel will begin considering the presidential election petition.

What you should know
Mr. Odinga challenged the election results, claiming that the proclamation of Mr. Ruto as president-elect was illegal, citing disagreements among electoral commissioners and Mr. Chebukati’s unwillingness to explain how he arrived at the final number.

In 2017, Odinga successfully challenged the election results and the court ordered a rerun, Mr. Ruto received 7.1 million votes to Mr. Odinga’s 6.9 million to win the elections

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