IEBC sets new date for fresh presidential poll

Uhuru's supporters stage protest outside Supreme Court

Uhuru's supporters stage protest outside Supreme Court

The electoral commission announced the victor of the presidential election even though it was missing thousands of scanned copies of forms used to compile the presidential results, the justices said.

The election board had said last month that Kenyatta won the August 8 vote by 1.4 million more votes than his chief rival, veteran opposition leader Raila Odinga, who contested the result in court. "That largely depends on the elections that should take place on October 17, but we are really not sure if they will take place".

The Supreme Court said the IEBC had announced Kenyatta's victory over opposition leader Raila Odinga without properly verifying the result, outlining a tallying process that had gone "opaquely awry".

In a television interview, Chiloba said none of the problems compromised the integrity of the election.

The court ordered a re-run after citing irregularities in the original poll.

The Nasa leader, who is running for State House for the fourth time, also reiterated his claims that global observers let down Kenyans and the worldwide community when they gave the poll a clean bill of health. It also said that some forms lacked security features such as watermarks, signatures or serial numbers, which calls their authenticity into question.

Boinnet also warned against blocking of major roads in protest against or for the Supreme Court.

The IEBC blamed network failures for missing and delayed tally forms, but the judges dismissed this excuse saying they should have been prepared, and that it should have taken only a few hours to get to a spot with enough connection to scan through the forms. That is just one of the twenty five demands that Odinga says must be met before he will participate in a new election. Mwilu said that officials should have made alternative provisions and set up a robust backup system.

Police in Kenya on Tuesday fired teargas at supporters of President Uhuru Kenyatta outside the East African nation's Supreme Court in the Capital city, Nairobi.

"We find that the 2017 presidential election was neither transparent nor verifiable", leading to the unprecedented decision to nullify the vote, she concluded.

A new election date has been set for October 17, although the opposition want it pushed back.

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.

Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu said the IEBC did not verify the presidential results before they were announced.

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