Saturday, 25 November, 2017

Kenya election: Last-minute court bid to block poll

President Uhuru Kenyatta calls for peace before repeat polls KENYA: Odinga insists on 'No reforms, No elections', asks supporters to boycott re-run poll
Erik Tate | 25 October, 2017, 00:57

Nairobi's police chief Japheth Koome says the police driver of the Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu has been shot and seriously wounded, the evening before the Supreme Court is hearing an application to postpone Thursday's elections. We have not said that at all.

Ahead of Kenya's Thursday presidential election re-run, the opposition leader, Raila Odinga, has asked his supporters to boycott the poll.

On Tuesday, the election board cancelled a planned briefing with journalists on preparations for the polls.

A day before the August 8 vote, another member of the election board was found tortured and murdered.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Sunday led the country in national prayers, calling on Kenyans to maintain peace ahead of the October 26 repeat presidential elections.

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The Judge acknowledged that there is an active and critical ongoing presidential process in the country and if Pkosing's orders are granted, the court will be going overboard in determining the question of validity of the same process way beyond its jurisdiction. "Proceeding under current conditions would deepen Kenya's ethnic cleavages and prolong a stalemate that has already claimed dozens of lives and come at a high economic cost", an ICG briefing note said. He said there was nothing yet to show that the poll would not be a sham.

On Tuesday, Nasa protesters were picketing towards the Nairobi CBD by 1pm. "As to how this will be done, we are waiting for the big announcement by Baba (Odinga) tomorrow", said one demonstrator, market trader James Ouma.

Pkosing moved to court arguing that NASA leaders are seeking to secure power through a crisis, triggered by failure to hold the fresh presidential election within 60 days as directed by the Supreme Court. Odinga's team then presented a list of demands to the election board.

It is important for the court to prevent a possible constitutional crisis by "ensuring that the fresh presidential elections are conducted in strict conformity with the constitution and applicable laws of Kenya", the petition says.

According to the constitution the vote must be held before 1 November.

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