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Kenya Supreme Court unable to hear case seeking to delay elections

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Kenya [official website] ruled [text, PDF] Wednesday that it was unable to hear a case in which the petitioners are seeking to delay [BBC report] the upcoming presidential election.

The court was unable to hear the case because it did not have the required quorum of justices present. There are a total of seven judges on the Kenyan Supreme Court. One of the justices was not able to attend due to their bodyguard being shot and wounded on Tuesday. One justice is out of the country for treatment, while another justice was unable to get a flight back to Nairobi in time for the trial. Two other justices were listed as only not being "able to come to court." This left only two justices at the court at the time of the trial.

The new presidential election is schedule to take place on October 26 at 6:00 AM local time. The election is necessary after the Kenyan Supreme Court invalidated [JURIST report] the previous election results in September. The new election has triggered many protests in the country. The Kenyan High Court lifted [JURIST report] a ban on the protests last week.

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