Kenya elections were 'neither transparent or verifiable' court rules

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21 September, 2017

President Kenyatta was named victor of the August 8 election, officially winning 54 percent of the vote.

"We will and we shall not participate in any election where it turns out to be a ritual and you end up with computer-generated leaders", said Moses Wetangula, a top official for the opposition party, National Super Alliance (NASA).

A non-governmental organization on Monday filed two petitions claiming judges had improper contact with lawyers for opposition leader Raila Odinga during his court challenge of Kenyatta's win.

Reading out portions of the judgment, Philomena Mwilu, the deputy chief justice, said the court had upheld the opposition claim that the election result was declared before all results from Kenya's more than 40,000 polling stations had been received. But Kenyatta supporters are irate and marched in front of the Supreme Court building this week to protest the annulment of the election.

Maraga said the authenticity of the forms used to declare the presidential election results were in doubt since several forms containing the final results lacked signatures of agents of political parties.

Jubilee supporters in Nyeri town demanded the Supreme Court to order recount of votes of the presidential elections.

Chief Justice David Maraga slammed "inexplicable irregularities that go to the very heart of electoral integrity". The official results were based on the electronic tally before the paper results were fully collated, the judges said.

Thousands of the forms were not made available, as legally required, by the time results were announced.

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"The (board) can not therefore be said to have verified the results", she said.

She also censured the board's refusal to comply with court orders to open its computer servers, saying it meant that opposition claims of hacking or manipulation might be true.

"Failure of the electronic system was a direct violation of the law", Mwilu said.

President Uhuru Kenyatta celebrates with Deputy President William Ruto after he was announced victor of the presidential election at the IEBC National Tallying centre at the Bomas of Kenya. The electoral commission has set October 17 as the date for a fresh election.

The company provided two electronic systems that identified Kenyan voters and transmitted election results from nearly 41,000 polling stations to a central tallying center.

"If anomalies remain, the same court will annul the elections regardless of the aspirants", he said.

He said his attack on Maraga and the three judges was justified because he believed the highest court in the land had erred in its ruling.

Kenyatta has accepted the court's decision and aides say he is confident of winning once again.


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