Kenya braces for Supreme Court ruling on polls

Odinga accused of fearing new presidential elections

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

As the Supreme Court delivered its full judgement, police used tear gas to disperse rival groups of protesters who had gathered outside the courthouse.

Mwilu also said it appeared the board did not have all the necessary tally forms, with thousands unaccounted for, at the time they announced official results.

Thursday the commission set back the date by nine days because the Supreme Court's detailed ruling this week indicated how the new elections should be conducted and the technology should be used, commission chairman Wafula Chebukati said.

Human Rights Watch late Tuesday urged police to protect the judges involved in the ruling.

His strongly-worded statement, which was made on behalf of the Judicial Service Network, condemned the "unlawful" acts of some of the demonstrators, which he said were "savage in nature".

The country's chief justice had announced in a press briefing that judges were getting death threats and police authorities were not providing adequate protection, an allegation rejected by the chief of police.

Details of the potential delay for October's re-run emerged in a letter from OT-Morpho to the electoral commission, obtained by Reuters news agency.

This is an unprecedented stand from Kenya's judiciary, which has been under attack from the political elite in recent weeks.

Jubilee supporters are expected to hold protests to express their displeasure with the Supreme Court ruling nullifying President Uhuru Kenyatta's victory immediately after the full judgment.

Kenyatta and Odinga have accepted the Supreme Court ruling, but there are some unresolved issues that must be addressed before voting can take place.

Kenyatta won a second term with 54 per cent of the vote, beating Odinga.

"[It] leaves us with no option but to accept the petitioners' claims that the IEBC's IT system was infiltrated and compromised and the data therein interfered with", read deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu.

"(Any delay in poll) does not delegitimize the constitutional order of the day.

On Thursday, Uhuru accused CJ Maraga and three other judges of lagging the country behind ever since they nullified the August 8 presidential poll.

"We all know that the former Prime Minister really fought so that this country can have a Constitution that will guide the running on this country (and) we are asking you (Raila) that you follow the Constitution you fought for".

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