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Kenyatta's supporters protest negation of elections


Riots last week broke out in the opposition stronghold of Kisumu city after a rumour spread about alleged efforts to rig the election. Hours before, police had secured and closed some roads around the courthouse. The electoral commission has set October 17 as the date for a fresh election. "We clearly have a problem", Mr Kenyatta said of the judiciary. The discipline of an unappointed arm of the government should be self-regulatory.

They said the court should instead have ordered for a recount of the votes.

' The challenges are pretty extraordinary, ' said John Githongo, a prominent anti-corruption campaigner in Kenya. Kenyatta's supporters demonstrated outside the Supreme Court Tuesday ahead of the full judgment on Wednesday.

Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu said the process was "like a matatu", referencing Kenya's reckless, law-defying minibuses.

"The exercise was therefore a complete violation of the court order and the access was not useful to the parties or the court", ruled the judges. 'It is very uncertain, ' said Nic Cheeseman, a professor of African politics at the University of Birmingham in England.

Mwilu said that officials should have made alternative provisions and set up a robust backup system. Opposition leader Raila Odinga, 72, has demanded sweeping changes at the electoral commission, including the removal of Chief Executive Officer Ezra Chiloba, before the rerun, which is scheduled for October 17.

In its statement, OT-Morpho denied Odinga's accusations that the system it provided had been infiltrated by hackers.

"The appointment takes immediate effect", Chebukati said.

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"As a effect, in the scope of the fresh elections, OT-Morpho has to reinstall a fresh new RTS system as well as all 45 000 KIEMS kits", it said, referring to the computer system for transmitting provisional results and to the laptops used for biometric ID.

Kenya's electoral body must be transformed before the election rerun as its credibility to hold a free and fair vote "is seriously questionable".

"No accountability, no election", Wetangula said. The institution has to be outside of the influence of any outside players.

It is being seen as a response to critics of the landmark Supreme Court ruling that invalidated the re-election of Uhuru Kenyatta, and the president's threat to "fix the judiciary" if he wins the repeat polls next month.

"Such acts are not only unlawful but also savage in nature."

"It has to be satisfied with all evidence before it", Njoki said arguing the ballots were available to carry out the scrutiny before making the drastic decision to nullify the election. 'The law will clarify the foundations of our democracy because the decision of the Supreme Court is unacceptable, ' Murkomen added, according to the report.

The Standard reports that he was addressing a delegation of more than 15 000 members of the Abagusii community at State House.

Gikaria singled out Deputy Chief Justice Mwilu and Justice Lenaona whom he claimed favoured the opposition in the ruling that nullified the August 8 presidential elections.

Judge Ndung'u on Wednesday said she was satisfied that the August 8 poll was conducted in accordance with the Constitution and election laws.

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