Kenya Court Calls for Election Equipment Probe

But rejects challenge to presidential election outcome


Kenya's Supreme Court recommended a criminal investigation into the procurement of equipment that failed during last month's election even as it said there was no serious evidence of irregularities in the voting process.

The six-judge bench on March 30 upheld Uhuru Kenyatta's election as president, rejecting a challenge to the outcome by defeated candidate Raila Odinga, the former prime minister. The top court released its full judgment today.

"The evidence, in our opinion, does not disclose any profound irregularities in the management of the electoral process," according to the statement e-mailed from the capital, Nairobi. There's no indication "the candidate declared as the President-elect had not obtained the basic vote threshold justifying his being declared as such."