Kenyan chief justice vows to protect rule of law

Sep 21, 2017, 00:35
Kenyan chief justice vows to protect rule of law

Kenya's election commission initially declared Kenyatta, 55, the victor by a margin of 1.4 million votes but the result was immediately challenged in court by his nearest rival, opposition leader Raila Odinga.

The court has earned worldwide praise for its landmark decision to void the results, hailed as the first of its kind in Africa, even as concerns about a political crisis in Kenya grow.

Kenya is a key Western ally in a region often shaken by violence.

The justices took issue with the fact that the IEBC announced official results before about a quarter of these paper forms had been received.

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.

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"If elections are not seen to be free and fair, they can trigger instability". In a press conference on September 19, Chief justice David Maraga said that the demonstrations outside the courthouse "bordered on violence" and were "clearly meant to intimidate the judiciary".

As a result, she said, justices had no choice but "to accept the petitioner's claims that the IEBC's IT system was infiltrated and compromised and the data therein interfered with, or IEBC's officials themselves interfered with the data or simply refused to accept that it had bungled the whole transmission system and were unable to verify the data". The Nation reports that COO Frederic Beylier said the audit, undertaken with help from external experts from security software companies, had shown the system "in no way suffered manipulation of data, attacks, attempts to penetrate the system or anything of that kind".

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.

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. "It is an inexcusable contravention. of the election act".

The court held that Cebukati was responsible for failure to explain why poll results were not transmitted in the prescribed manner.

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Opposition claims against Kenyatta were largely dismissed.

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

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

It comes as riot police fired tear gas at supporters of Kenyatta amid protests outside the Supreme Court.

The court annulled President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election earlier this month saying there were irregularities and illegalities.

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