Absence of judges stall Kenya’s election cancellation petition

Kenyan Court to rule on election ballot tender ahead of August 8 poll

Kenya’s Supreme Court has been hit by a shortage of judges to hear a petition calling for the cancellation of the repeat election planned for Thursday.

Chief Justice David Maraga said that the Court did not have quorum to hear the petition.

The court has seven judges.

He said that only one of his colleagues was present and the others could not make it to the Court for various reasons.

In his announcement on live television, Maraga said one judge was unwell, another was abroad and another was unable to attend after her bodyguard was shot and injured on Tuesday night. It was unclear why the other two were absent.

On Tuesday, the bodyguard of Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu, was rushed to a hospital in the capital, Nairobi, after being shot.

The circumstances surrounding the shooting are unclear but reports say that Ms Mwilu was not in the car at the time of the attack.

The main opposition candidate, Raila Odinga, is boycotting the re-run.

But President Uhuru Kenyatta insists the election will go ahead.

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