We are ready to pay the ultimate price, CJ Maraga says

We are ready to pay the ultimate price, CJ Maraga says

The petitions claim misconduct and bias.

French firm OT-Morpho says it needs to reinstall the complex voting system for the scheduled re-run on 17 October.

On Monday, the commission held a plenary where the electoral chiefs tentatively settled on the date.

Two commissioners also told the Star the same saying talks were in progress and a decision would be arrived on or before Wednesday.

"Senior political leaders have also threatened the judiciary, promising "to cut it down to size" and "teach us a lesson", Maraga said, adding that judges would not be intimidated by anyone and were ready to pay the "ultimate price" to protect the constitution and rule of law.

Kenya's police chief Joseph Boinnet has repeatedly ignored calls by the judiciary to act on the threats, Maraga said.

Human Rights Watch urged the police to heed the chief justice's call and increase protection for the judiciary.

Supporters from the ruling Jubilee Coalition on Tuesday staged demonstrations in Nairobi and Rift Valley towns of Nakuru and Eldoret over annulment of presidential elections results by judges at the apex court.

While noting that the attacks on Judiciary have become more aggressive, the commission who earlier met in a closed door to discuss the petitions filed against the Supreme Court judges over recent election petition ruling condemned the attacks insisting that they were only meant to threaten them.

A French IT company that supplied the electronic system used in Kenya's nullified election last month has told the country's election board that its technology would not be ready to use again by the October 17 date set for a re-run of the vote.

"This represents a very significant amount of work, which cannot be secured by October 17th", the company said, adding it had "previously informed the IEBC of this information".

They said the court should have ordered for a recount of the votes following a petition filed by the Nasa coalition after Uhuru Kenyatta was declared victor of the August 8 election.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga, who lost by 1.4 million votes to Kenyatta in the annulled poll, has said he will not take part in a repeat vote scheduled for October 17, unless some staff at the electoral commission are fired, among other demands. OT-Morpho said it had conducted two separate independent audits that verified there was no infiltration or piracy.



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