Kenya sets date for repeat of presidential elections
2017-09-05 08:55:00

 

Supporters of the opposition presidential candidate Raila Odinga celebrate after Supreme Court declared the Aug. 8 presidential election null and void, in Nairobi, Kenya, Sept. 1, 2017. Kenya's Supreme Court on Friday declared the Aug. 8 presidential election null and void and ordered a repeat of similar exercise within 60 days. Chief Justice and President of Supreme Court David Maraga said the election where the incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner had gross irregularities which affected the integrity of elections. (Xinhua/Li Baishun)

by Chris Mgidu

Kenya's electoral body on Monday set Oct. 17 for a repeat of presidential elections following the directive from the Supreme Court on Friday last week.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati said there shall be no fresh nominations in the envisaged fresh election which was ordered by the Supreme Court that annulled the presidential elections held on Aug. 8.

Chebukati said opposition leader Raila Odinga along with his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka and President Uhuru Kenyatta along with his running mate, William Ruto shall be the only candidates.

"The Commission is revising the operational and procedural requirements for the conduct of the fresh election and will share details with stakeholders sooner than later," he said in a statement issued following a plenary meeting in Nairobi.

Chebukati said in light of the Supreme Court judgment, it is imperative that a detailed judgment in the just concluded petition be released in order to allow the electoral body to identity areas that require improvement in the management of the fresh election.

"The Commission calls for patience and understanding among all stakeholders as we work together to deliver free, fair, credible and peaceful elections," he said.

The Supreme Court on Sept. 1 called for a new election within 60 days after finding irregularities in the re-election of Kenyatta in last month's elections.

The court ruled that the presidential elections were not conducted in accordance with the constitution rendering the result invalid, null and void. The court said that Kenyatta was not validly elected.

Four out of the six-judge bench at the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Odinga who is from National Super Alliance (NASA) party that contested the election results and filed a petition at the apex court to have them overturned.

Source:xinhua Editor:Dylan
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