Kenya opposition party: No repeat election unless demands are met

Odinga accused of fearing new presidential elections

Odinga accused of fearing new presidential elections

The election board had originally said the re-run would take place on October 17, but a French firm whose technology is being used for the polls said it would not be ready in time for that date.

The IEBC was also hauled over the coals for failing to open up its computer servers, after the opposition alleged the system was hacked and rigged.

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.

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

National Super Alliance (Nasa) leader Raila Odinga maintains that he won the August 8 presidential election that was quashed by the Supreme Court.

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The tablets were also responsible for the secure transmission of election results, the company said in an April press release.

He said the Cabinet had approved the budget for fresh elections, expected to cost some 10 billion shillings ($96 million).

"The presidential election was not conducted in accordance with the constitution, rendering the declared results invalid, null and void", Chief Justice David Maraga said during the court proceeding. "As you know, our Constitution provides for peaceful demonstrations, picketing, strikes, and so on", he said.

The re-run is tentatively set for October 17 in a vote being watched for any sign of instability.

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".

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The IEBC blamed network failures for missing and delayed tally forms, with some polling stations unable to scan and send the documents on time.

Al Jazeera's Stefanie Dekker, reporting from Nairobi, said that it was expected that the court would point the fingers at the election board.

Four judges and two dissenting judges gave a detailed case for voiding the election - or upholding it - in a marathon 12-hour court session on Wednesday. "On that ground alone and on the basis of the interpretation we have given to Section 83 of the Elections Act, we have no choice but to nullify it", said Mwilu.

The country's chief registrar also said that the Judiciary Service Commission had received three petitions seeking to remove the chief justice, his deputy, alongside judge Isaac Lenaola.

The Supreme Court took the unprecedented step of annulling the election on 1 September but it has only now explained why it took that decision.

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