Kenya to re-run Presidential Election on October 17

Kenya’s electoral body has announced that presidential election will be re-run on 17 October. Electoral commission’s chairman, Wafula Chebukati, said only President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga would be on the new ballot.

In a ruling on Friday, Chief Justice David Maraga said the 8 August election, in which Mr Kenyatta won 54 percent of the vote, had not been conducted in accordance with the constitution, declaring it invalid, null and void.

The court also said that some members of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) had committed irregularities and illegalitie in the transmission of results. The court ordered a new poll to be held within 60 days.

Mr Kenyatta had been declared the winner of last month’s vote. But Mr Odinga complained of widespread irregularities. The decision is the first time in African history that a supreme court has upheld an opposition challenge in a presidential election and ordered a re-run. The opposition demanded that some IEBC officials be removed to ensure that the problems are not repeated in the second ballot.

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