Kenyan court finds no evidence of vote rigging

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Kenya’s Supreme Court says it did not find evidence of vote rigging and that no official of the electoral commission was criminally culpable for the illegalities and irregularities that led to the nullification of the polls.

The court also said it did not find any offence committed by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga has welcomed the ruling saying the people’s vote must count.

The judges ruled that institutional weaknesses rather than individuals were to blame for the discrepancies that caused the nullification of the polls.

That ruling may have thrown a temporary lifeline at the electoral commission whose officials are under pressure from the opposition to step down ahead of the October 17 fresh Presidential Elections.

The opposition through lawyer James Orengo says it will seek the prosecution of certain electoral commission officials whom it blames for bungling the August Presidential Elections.

Odinga has said he will not go to the polls next month if some of the officials of the commission do not step aside and alternative companies are hired to print ballot papers and provide the electronic tallying system.

– By Sarah Kimani