We are ready to cancel the next election-Chief Justice David Maraga

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His strongly-worded statement was made on behalf of the Judicial Service Network, and comes after continued protests against the Supreme Court's recent decision to invalidate President Uhuru Kenyatta's win in last month's presidential election and re-run the vote. He says the previous two elections were also stolen from him.

Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu read the majority judgment said the Supreme Court judges concluded that the IEBC election transmission system was compromised and data interfered with. But Kenyatta supporters are irate and marched in front of the Supreme Court building this week to protest the annulment of the election.

On Monday, the French technology company supporting the election said it would be almost impossible to be ready for that date.

The justices said they have faced a barrage of threats since issuing their ruling earlier this month, and they appeared eager Wednesday to substantiate that initial ruling, as thousands of Kenyans watched the marathon court session live on television.

Odinga's claims of rigging after defeat in 2007 elections prompted rioting and retaliation by security forces, which tipped the country into its worst crisis for decades.

Maraga later said that the 8 August election had not been conducted in accordance with the constitution, declaring it "null and void".

"The (board) can not therefore be said to have verified the results", she said.

Mwilu also said the IEBC announced results based on tallies documented in the Form 34Bs, totals from constituencies, without having received totals from each polling station, on forms known as 34As.

"If IEBC had nothing to hide it would have readily provided access to ICT (information and communications technology) logs and servers to disprove the petitioner's claim".

Kenyatta promised to respect the ruling although he has repeatedly criticised it harshly.

He said his attack on Maraga and the three judges was justified because he believed the highest court in the land had erred in its ruling.

Irregularities in the transmission of results was one of the problems referenced by the Supreme Court when it annulled the August poll's results.

She further explained the verification and cited the various agents who could carry out the process including IEBC, observers, the media, the public and any election court hearing an election petition. Maraga and three other justices ruled 4-2 to annul Kenyatta's re-election and call for a new election, which is set for October 17.

"The role of judiciary is to give a comprehensible interpretation of the law rather than determine a dispute mechanically and dispose it off without proper evidence", Njoki said.

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