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Kenya’s repeat presidential polls set for October 17

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Following the nullification of the presidential results in Kenya’s recent General Elections, repeat polls for the presidential race will be held on October 17, the nation’s electoral body has announced.

“In the fresh election, the petitioners before the Supreme Court….and the 3rd respondent, shall be the only candidates,” read a statement issued by the Chairman of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.

In its statement, the commission also revealed that it was revising its electoral procedures, and is awaiting the comprehensive judgment by the Supreme Court so that it can fix the areas where it fell short of the constitutional requirements.

President Uhuru Kenyatta (striped top) on the campaign trail after the nullification of his reelection

President Uhuru Kenyatta (striped top) on the campaign trail after the nullification of his reelection

Raila Odinga, the presidential candidate for the opposition coalition known as NASA

Raila Odinga, the presidential candidate for the opposition coalition known as NASA

There were six other presidential candidates on the ballot paper, and so far, one has declared his intention to challenge the decision by the electoral body to only present two presidential candidates in the repeat poll, yet the forthcoming polls isn’t a runoff.

The candidate, Dr. Ekuru Aukot, is also demanding that both the chairman and chief executive officer of the electoral commission be charged for conducting a “sham election.”

Likewise, three voters have filed an urgent petition in court seeking to have the seven Commissioners, and the CEO of the IEBC barred from conducting the forthcoming elections, on account of the fact that their integrity is in question, having lost the presidential poll petition last week.

The main opposition coalition, NASA, which filed the presidential poll petition, has also raised similar concerns, and has likewise called for the disbandment of the IEBC team as was constituted at the time of the elections.

However, the ruling party, Jubilee, which holds a comfortable majority in parliament, has vowed to quash such an attempt.

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