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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

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