Uhuru, Raila in pledge to accept fresh poll results

Uhuru's supporters stage protest outside Supreme Court

Uhuru's supporters stage protest outside Supreme Court

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.

Kenya's election commission initially declared Kenyatta, 55, the victor by a margin of 1.4 million votes but the result was immediately challenged in court by his nearest rival, opposition leader Raila Odinga.

The hashtag #WakoraNetwork (meaning "criminal network" in Kiswahili) is trending in Kenya amid allegations by the governing Jubilee Party that two Supreme Court judges met with lawyers representing the opposition leader, Raila Odinga, during the hearing of the presidential petition which annulled President Uhuru Kenyatta's win.

The Supreme Court had annulled the presidential election result that saw Uhuru Kenyatta as the victor on September 1, citing irregularities and illegalities in the recording and transmission of results.

Inside, justices spent more than seven hours explaining why they decided that results of the country's August 8 presidential election would be nullified, putting much of the blame upon the country's electoral commission, known as the IEBC.

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

Mwilu also said it appeared the board did not have all the necessary tally forms, with thousands unaccounted for, at the time they announced official results.

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Mr Odinga had been referring to the spat between the President and Chief Justice David Maraga who heads the Supreme Court team of judges that annulled the presidential election results. No one seemed to know if the printers and scanners were sent to every polling station or if they ever worked. "On that ground alone. we have no choice but nullify it", said the judgment.

The IEBC declared incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta, the victor of August's election by 54% to 45%.

The Supreme Court gave a 60-day deadline for the election re-run but a mixture of political posturing and logistical challenges have put this deadline at risk.

"Our order of scrutiny was a golden opportunity for the IEBC to place before the court evidence to debunk the petitioner's claim", she said.

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

The electoral commission also failed to implement verification measures required by law and the constitution to ensure the election was credible, said the judgment.

However, waving placards and chanting slogans against the Chief Justice, the demonstrators loyal to the incumbent president on Tuesday, accused the judges of having stolen their victory.

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