Kenya: 3 Ask Supreme Court to Stop Poll

Marie Harrington
October 25, 2017

This comes as the country is divided in opinion over the current political situation where NASA leader Raila Odinga says there shall be no election while President Uhuru Kenyatta has insisted that there shall be an election.

The Supreme Court threw out the results of the August 8 election because of what it called "irregularities and illegalities".

A large number of voters would be disenfranchised because opposition leader Raila Odinga, who withdrew from the new election after challenging the first one in court, wants supporters to boycott the vote while seeking electoral reforms, the petition says.

This means that should the election fail to be held on Thursday this week, President Kenyatta will remain as president until another election is held and a new president elected and sworn into office.

Hours before the shooting of the driver, Kenyan police fired tear gas and warning shots to disperse small groups of opposition protesters in downtown Nairobi.

IEBC commissioners, they argue, are serving partisan interests and Chairman Wafula Chebukati has publicly admitted that he can not guarantee credible election.

A police officer told The Associated Press that he and his colleagues were firing blanks.

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Human rights activists have said police fatally shot 67 people since the August 8 election whose annulment by the Supreme Court opened the way to the new vote.

The Judge said there was an ongoing presidential process in the country and if the MP's orders are granted, the court would be overstepping its jurisdiction.

They argue that the commission might not hold the poll as directed by the Supreme Court owing to the lack of preparedness. She then fled to the United States, saying she feared for her safety.

After the 2007 election, which observers agreed was deeply flawed, politically-motivated tribal violence left 1,100 dead.

Those, who filed the petition are Khelef Khalifa, Executive Director of Muslims for Human Rights; Samwel Mohochi, Executive Director of the International Commission of Jurists; and Nahason Kamau.

Last week, the head of the election board said it was not clear a free and fair vote could take place due to intimidation and political interference.

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