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Kenya's police teargas opposition, ruling party supporters

Kenya's police teargas opposition, ruling party supporters”

"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).

Opposition leader Raila Odinga has launched a full-throttled campaign for the sacking of electoral commission officials whom it blames for bungling the election.

Kenya's Chief Justice, David Maraga has called the bluff of politicians criticizing the judiciary over the election petition case.

The Kenyan Judicial Service Commission said in a statement that Tuesday's demonstrations were meant to intimidate the judiciary ahead of the release of its complete judgement Wednesday.

The judges argued that elections "aren't just about the results numbers", but the process and the elections "is not an event, but a process".

"This contemptuous disobedience with the court order leaves us with no option but to accept the petitioner's claims that the [IEBC's] IT system was infiltrated and compromised and the data therein interfered with", Mwilu said.

Odinga is a longtime challenger who has yet to claim the presidency.

Justice Ndung'u, however, said she conducted a comprehensive analysis of all the 291 Forms 34B (290 constituencies and Diaspora) and the disputed Forms 34A and noted they were proper. But the judges rejected this excuse, saying officials should have been better prepared.

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

Last week the Director of Public Prosecution, Keriako Tobiko, asked the Kura Yangu Sauti Yangu lobby to wait for the detailed judgment of the Supreme Court before he can initiate investigations against officers of the electoral body.

Where there were omissions, she said, the same could not affect the result of the election and the court had powers to inspect other election materials to verify the integrity of the elections. Maraga and three other justices ruled 4-2 to annul Kenyatta's re-election and call for a new election, which is set for October 17.

He stood by the verdict on annulling Kenyatta's win over election malpractices and irregularities, saying if the ruling party legislators were exhausted of having a strong and independent judiciary, they should call a referendum and abolish it.

An audit of the electronic system used to tally votes in the cancelled poll showed no manipulation of data, the French biometrics firm that supplied the system has confirmed.

They are among the four judges who ruled for the annulment of the polls.

On the electronic transmission of results, she disagreed with the majority decision that IEBC disobeyed the court's order to provide access to ICT logs and servers.

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



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