We are ready to cancel the next election-Chief Justice David Maraga

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The election board had said incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta won the contest by 1.4 million votes, but opposition leader Raila Odinga challenged the result in the Supreme Court.

Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Junior has given his early breakdown of the Supreme Court full judgment, predicting a possible jail term for two of the IEBC officials Wafula Chebukati and Ezra Chiloba for contempt of court and violation of the Election offence act.

Gikaria singled out Deputy Chief Justice Mwilu and Justice Lenaona whom he claimed favoured the opposition in the ruling that nullified the August 8 presidential elections. Fresh elections have been scheduled for October 17, but many analysts worry that there is not enough time to prepare for it. Kenya is beset by bitter tribal rivalries, and many worry that a second election, whose results might not be accepted by the loser, is likely to exacerbate those tensions.

In a majority ruling, Maraga criticized the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission's (IEBC) for failing to give the court full access to its computer servers.

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Analysts say bickering on all sides and confusion over the process have only increased as the clock ticks down to the fresh vote which was called after the Supreme Court annulled the initial election. Chief Justice David Maraga on Tuesday accused police of failing to provide sufficient protection - a charge police denied.

Thousands of the forms were not made available, as legally required, by the time results were announced. Those measures were ordered by the court of appeal a year ago to enhance accountability and reduce incidences of electoral fraud.

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.

"We find that the 2017 presidential election was not conducted in accordance with the principles laid down in the constitution and the written law on elections.in that it was neither transparent nor verifiable. On that ground alone. we have no choice but nullify it", said the judgment.

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

Therefore, she said, the lack of security features or signatures from agents, as cited by Nasa, was not by itself a reason to invalidate the election in a scheme of interlocking verification mechanisms.

He said that until that was achieved, he and his colleagues were prepared to pay "the ultimate price" to safeguard the rule of law. Scuffles occurred as people tried to rush through the gates of the court, and police fired tear gas near the crowd.

Following the Supreme Court's judgement, Mr. Kenyatta had vowed to "fix" the court if re-elected, since in his view his country had "a problem" with its judiciary.

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