David Maraga hits back at ‘threats’ over Kenya election re-run

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Threats against Kenya’s judiciary are increasing after a Supreme Court ruling to invalidate President Uhuru Kenyatta’s win in last month’s election, the chief justice says.

The “savage” demonstrations were “intended to intimidate the judiciary”, David Maraga said in a statement.

It comes as riot police fired tear gas at supporters of Mr Kenyatta amid protests outside the Supreme Court.

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

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.

The opposition coalition, Nasa, has laid out a series of demands, which include re-tendering the printing of ballot papers and the sacking of election officials, that it says should be met before it takes part in the repeat elections.

On Tuesday, Mr Kenyatta said the election “must be done within 60 days” in accordance with the constitution, adding that it should be conducted by Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

The Supreme Court’s full judgment and further details on why the poll was annulled are due to be made public on Wednesday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: BBC

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