Kenya Supreme Court criticises election board in verdict on polls

No IEBC staff found culpable over nullified presidential poll

It made the decision in response to Odinga's petition challenging the official results that Kenyatta won with 54 per cent of the vote.

The Supreme Court nullified the result, citing irregularities, after Odinga filed a petition claiming the electoral commission's computers were hacked to generate a victory for Kenyatta.

The Supreme Court has held IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati responsible for playing a role in bungling the August 8 presidential election.

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Opposition leader Raila Odinga filed after President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared victor of the August 8 election indicating that the electoral commission's electronic tallying system was hacked to tilt the victory in favour of Kenyatta.

Western diplomats have expressed their concern at the rising tensions in Kenya, urging politicians not to incite violence.

Its status as a diplomatic, trade and security hub for East Africa means the court's ruling and preparation for the fresh election, now scheduled for October 17, are being closely watched for signs of instability or violence.

This has been set for 17 October, however, on Monday the French IT firm which supplied the electronic voting system said it would struggle to be ready in time.

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Mr Sharif has always denied any wrongdoing but the Supreme Court recently dismissed petitions seeking a review of that decision. The Election Commission of Pakistan is expected to announce the final and official result in a day or two.

"Since the Supreme Court delivered judgment. these threats have become more aggressive", Maraga said in a briefing with reporters outside the court, adding that individual judges and their staff have become subject to numerous threats on social media.

In Kenya's electoral system, official tally forms were to be sent from all 291 constituencies and 40,883 polling stations to the national tallying center.

In defending the nullification of the presidential election, deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu said elections are not just about numbers but involves processes that must be credible.

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

Addressing the court, Judge Mwilu said the electoral body had refused to comply with court orders to open its computer servers, saying this suggested that opposition claims of tampering could be true.

"Noncompliance or failure by the board to do as ordered must be held against it", she said. "We clearly have a problem", Mr Kenyatta said of the judiciary.

On Tuesday, Kenyan police used tear gas to disperse protesters affiliated with the ruling party and angry at the court's decision to invalidate Kenyatta's re-election.

Human Rights Watch urged the police to heed the chief justice's call and increase protection for the judiciary.

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