Nairobi - Kenyan presidential elections won by Uhuru Kenyatta
were marred by problems but overall were acceptable, the country's highest
court said on Tuesday, detailing its decision last month to uphold the results.
"The evidence, in our opinion, does not disclose any
profound irregularity in the management of the electoral process, nor does it
gravely impeach the mode of participation in the electoral process," the
113-page ruling read.
However, it did accept that there had been multiple problems
in the March 4 vote.
"We came to the conclusion that by no means can the
conduct of this election be said to have been perfect," the ruling added.
The ruling details why the six judges last month threw out a
petition over irregularities brought by defeated prime minister Raila Odinga,
as well as challenges by civil society groups.
Odinga conceded defeat for the sake of national unity, while
Kenyatta was sworn in as the country's fourth president on April 9.
The court, which had ordered re-tallying of presidential
votes in 22 polling stations, said discrepancies were found in five centres,
the report revealed.
Complaints were also raised that voter registration figures
had been tampered with, but the court said that while there were "many
irregularities", these were "not so substantial as to affect the
credibility of the electoral process".
Electronic transmission system
Kenyatta, one of Africa's richest men and the son of Kenya's
first president, won the March 4 polls by more than 800 000 votes from Odinga,
his nearest rival, but narrowly avoided a second round vote by taking a
majority of just 50.51 percent.
The 51-year-old is Kenya's youngest president. He faces
trial in July at the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity
related to post-election violence five years ago when more than 1 100 people
The polls were peaceful apart from isolated incidents,
avoiding a repeat of the ethnic killings and widespread violence that followed
the 2007 election, when several hundred thousand people were forced to flee
Petitioners complained at a widespread failure of an
electronic transmission system for sending the votes to the national centre,
but the report said it concluded "tallying was indeed conducted in
accordance with the law".
However, it said that the purchase of the electronic kit was
likely "marked by competing interests involving impropriety, or even
criminality", and recommended the issue be investigated for the
"possible prosecution of suspects".