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Kenya Supreme Court nixed poll because it couldn't see data

21 September 2017

OT-Morpho said an internal audit of its equipment conducted after the Supreme Court annulled the August 8 presidential election found no foul play. He says the previous two elections were also stolen from him.

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 said Tuesday that since the September 1 judgment nullifying the election results, there have been attempts to intimidate judges.

The Supreme Court has ordered a re-run of the elections which must be held before 1 November.

They also castigated the IEBC for defying an order to open its systems for scrutiny something that would have helped debunk Nasa claims that it was hacked.

Justice Njoki Ndung'u, who together with Justice Jackton Ojwang dissented with the majority decision to quash the re-election of President Kenyatta, has criticised the judgment.

Chief Justice David Maraga ruled that the electoral commission "failed, neglected or refused to conduct the elections in accordance with the constitution". Fresh elections have been scheduled for October 17, but many analysts worry that there is not enough time to prepare for it. Kenya is beset by bitter tribal rivalries, and many worry that a second election, whose results might not be accepted by the loser, is likely to exacerbate those tensions.

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The board overseeing the 2017 vote did not have all the tally forms when it announced results, and some forms lacked security features like water marks, signatures or serial numbers, which calls their authenticity into question, the court said, adding there was no evidence of individual wrongdoing.

About 10,000 paper forms from polling stations, each containing the documentation of anywhere from dozens to hundreds of votes, were missing when the results were announced.

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

"If IEBC had nothing to hide it would have readily provided access to ICT (information and communications technology) logs and servers to disprove the petitioner's claim". But the judges rejected this excuse, saying officials should have been better prepared.

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.

The court has until Friday to deliver the full ruling, which would give the IEBC little time to make any necessary changes.

In her assessment, Mr Kenyatta was properly and validly elected as the president and the effect of the judgment was to deny Kenyans their right.

Kenya Supreme Court nixed poll because it couldn't see data