Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.

 

Specialists to train judges before poll

11 May 2012, 01:30

Nairobi  - Kenya has appointed a team of eight judges to help the courts prepare to handle election disputes and try to improve the credibility of the legal system before next year's presidential election.

Chief Justice Willy Mutunga said on Thursday the deadly post election violence that followed the 2007 elections might have been avoided if Kenya had a better legal system for settling disputes.

Mutunga said the Supreme Court, created by the new constitution adopted in August 2010, will handle any petition arising out of the presidential election within 14 days, while the High Court will deal with all other election petitions.

"The electoral crisis of 2007 and its aftermath was caused by numerous malpractices and outright criminal activity, but exacerbated in large part by a refusal to take disputes to the courts," he told reporters.

"We in the judiciary intend to earn the public confidence that was so dented at the last election as to discourage parties from taking disputes to court," said Mutunga, a former law school lecturer with a track record of pushing for legal reform.

Mutunga said the newly appointed judges would lay out plans for an intensive and specific training programme for judges expected to handle election offences and disputes.

Politics in Kenya are largely driven by tribal alliances rather than ideology, or even a government's record of rule, and there are signs that rising ethnic tensions could lead to fresh violence in the next election.

Prime Minister Raila Odinga told parliament on Wednesday that the National Security and Intelligence Service has informed the government of a likelihood of poll violence during the coming poll.


- Reuters

NEXT ON NEWS24 KENYAX

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
Narok Senator, 4 MPs arrested ove...

Narok Senator Stephen Ole Ntutu and 4 MPs have been arrested over the fracas that took place in the County causing the death of 2 people.  Read more...

Submitted by
Eugene Odanga
Pombe Bangi gets innovative

When you sing a song about alcohol and marijuana, you know it will likely not last long on the airwaves. So how about some innovation? Read more...

Submitted by
Eugene Odanga
Jonathan Butler coming to Nairobi

You love music? You must surely love Jonathan Butler. Read more...

Submitted by
Shakila Alivitsa
8 dishes the Kenyan woman MUST kn...

There are things that are just a must. The woman must know. Like it or not. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
Nairobi City market grabbed?

Has a part of the iconic Nairobi City Market been grabbed? The traders that call it their home say so. Read more...

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
DP Ruto back in the country after...

Deputy President William Ruto is back in the country following his trip and appearance at his crimes against humanity case at the International Criminal Court ICC. Read more...