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Kenyan police fire tear gas as Supreme Court delivers ruling on election

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 01:48

Demonstrators were met with tear gas in Nairobi ahead of the Supreme Court releasing a detailed ruling on the annulment of August's election. Report by Pascale Davies.

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Clashes in Kenya as supporters of the incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta and his rival Raila Odinga await a Supreme Court verdict on why last month's (August 8) election was annulled. Police fired tear gas, disturbing a swarm of bees which attacked the crowds. Kenya's Supreme Court blames the country's electoral commission, the IEBC, for its decision to annul the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta. The key finding against the election board on Wednesday (September 20) that officials had not verified the results before they were announced. But the Supreme Court stopped short of saying the election was rigged, as alleged by Raila Odinga. Election board officials declared Kenyatta the winner of the August 8 poll, leading by 1.4 million votes. But his rival, Raila Odinga rejected the ruling saying the 2017 election, as well as the previous two, were stolen from him. The Supreme Court nullified the result citing irregularities on September 1, ordering a new poll within 60 days. The commission has set October 17 as the re-run date, but Kenya may not be ready by then. The French IT company OT Morpho, which supplied the electronic system used in the last election, says its technology will not be ready. And Raila Odinga says he will not take part in a repeat vote unless some staff at the electoral commission are fired.

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Kenyan police fire tear gas as Supreme Court delivers ruling on election

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 01:48