Kenya sets date for new polls

Sunday Express - - AFRICA -

THE re­run of Kenya’s pres­i­den­tial elec­tions has been pushed back to Oct. 26, as Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta strongly crit­i­cized the court de­ci­sion to nul­lify his re-elec­tion call­ing it “a ju­di­cial coup.”

Ear­lier this month the Supreme Court in­val­i­dated Keny­atta’s Au­gust re-elec­tion and ordered a re­run within 60 days. The elec­toral com­mis­sion at first stated the fresh elec­tions would be held on Oct. 17.

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.

The Supreme Court said the elec­toral com­mis­sion failed to prop­erly ver­ify the re­sults. It also said the elec­toral com­mis­sion failed to give the court ac­cess to its com­puter servers to dis­prove the charge by vet­eran op­po­si­tion politi­cian Raila Odinga’s that hackers in­fil­trated the com­mis­sion’s sys­tem and al­tered the re- sults.

Ten­sions be­tween the ju­di­ciary and the pres­i­dent con­tin­ued Thurs­day when Keny­atta harshly at­tacked the court’s nul­li­fi­ca­tion of his re-elec­tion as a blow to the demo­cratic ideals Kenyans fought for.

Keny­atta had ear­lier this month at­tacked the Supreme Court judges as “crooks” and warned of un­spec­i­fied ac­tion against the ju­di­ciary if he is re-elected next month. Kenya’s chief jus­tice has said at­tempts to i ntim­i­date the Supreme Court judges fol­low­ing the an­nul­ment of the Au­gust elec­tion have been “un­law­ful and sav­age in na­ture.”

The Supreme Court’s ma­jor­ity judg­ment said that the ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties and il­le­gal­i­ties in the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion of Aug 8, 2017 “were sub­stan­tial and sig­nif­i­cant that they af­fected the in­tegrity of the elec­tion.”

Kenya’s top court said Wed­nes­day that it was “un­able to find spe­cific finger prints of in­di­vid­u­als who may have played a role in com­mis­sion of il­le­gal­i­ties.” Keny­atta said Thurs­day that find­ing ex­on­er­ated him and his regime from any crim­i­nal li­a­bil­ity. — AP

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Lesotho

© PressReader. All rights reserved.