Anger on Kenya's streets after an 11th hour petition to delay the country's presidential election, went unheard. The Supreme Court was scheduled to sit on Wednesday, however, five judges failed to turn up, preventing the hearing from going ahead.>> This matter cannot therefore be handled this morning.
>> One judge was unwell, one was abroad, and another couldn't attend after her bodyguard was shot the night before. It was unclear why the other two were absent. The Supreme Court is the only institution that could have delayed Thursday's vote, and means a repeat of August's selection will proceed as planned.
>> Incumbant President Uhuru Kenyatta, had been due to face off against opposition leader, Raila Odinga, in the rerun. That, after August's vote, was annulled by the Supreme Court due to irregularities. But Odinga pulled out earlier this month, saying the new vote won't be free and fair. That, after his demand for some members of Kenya's electoral board to be replaced wasn't met, prompting him to instruct loyalists to boycott the vote.
>> No election!>> Withinin minutes of the Supreme Court's announcement, hundreds of Odinga's supporters took to the streets of Kisumu, one of his main strongholds, and a region whose governor has endorsed a rebellion against the state. Such comments seem certain to fuel fears of a major confrontation with security forces already blamed for killing nearly 50 people in slums after the cancelled August vote.
Two months ago, Kenyatta won by 1.4 million votes and has made clear he wants the rerun to go ahead. The Supreme Court has said it is prepared to annul it, and send the country back to square one if the vote does not pass muster.