Kenyan electoral officials set October 26 as date for new polls

Kenyan electoral officials set October 26 as date for new polls”

"A coup in Kenya has just been done by the four people in the Supreme Court", Kenyatta said in a live, televised speech delivered mostly in the local Kiswahili language.

David Maraga, the chief justice and president of the Supreme Court, said threats against judicial staff had risen since the ruling.

Lawyers for Raila Odinga's National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition last month challenged Kenyatta's re-election alleging rigging, hacking and tampering with results.

Kenyatta said the court did not dispute the number of votes cast.

It was a watershed moment for judicial independence on a continent where courts more often serve presidents like loyal retainers.

The election board in Kenya has been criticised by the Supreme Court which slammed it for not confirming the official results of last month's presidential election before announcing them.

Mr Mahama had initially stated that the elections were credible.

"We have not received any communication from the electoral commission about the new date", he said.

The IEBC blamed network failures for missing and delayed tally forms, but the judges dismissed this excuse saying they should have been prepared, and that it should have taken only a few hours to get to a spot with enough connection to scan through the forms.

Q: Why did someone use the electoral commissioner's login - 9,943 times? He is calling for the sacking of a dozen officials he accuses of electoral fraud.

The electronic transmission system failed in more than a quarter of the more than 40,000 polling booths.

"We will follow the constitution".

"Elections are not only about numbers", judge Mwilu said.

On concerns that there would be increased violence and protests if he lost the fresh elections, Odinga stated, "If I lose elections fairly, I will accept and tell my supporters we lost fairly".

The presidential results announced on August 11 were based on forms which were not the primary document that the law says should be used to compile presidential elections results and some of those forms were of "dubious authenticity", said the judgment.

The electoral commission announced the victor of the presidential election even though it was missing thousands of scanned copies of forms used to compile the presidential results at the constituency, said the judgment.

He added that "such acts are not only unlawful but also savage in nature".

The tally of the result was not transparent or verifiable.

"Even in the very unlikely event that the election wasn't held on the 60th day, that does not delegitimize the constitutional order", said Muigai. Frustration on both sides will mount. While admitting that "no election is ideal", the judges in the majority said that IEBC had disregarded electoral laws and behaved as if they "did not exist". A week before the election, a senior election official was found dead outside of the capital Nairobi.

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