Kenya to re-run 'void' presidential vote next month

Kenya to re-run 'void' presidential vote next month

Kenya will re-run its presidential election on October 17, the nation's electoral commission announced today (Sept 4).

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) also said there will be no further nominations in the new election. Only President Kenyatta and main opposition candidate Raila Odinga will stand. 

Kenyatta won the election last month with 54% of the vote but Odinga was up in arms over the result, claiming irregularities. The supreme court then annulled the poll calling it "invalid, null and void."

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This was the first time a supreme court declared a presidential election vote void, in Africa.

They said that some members of the IEBC had committed "irregularities and illegalities" in the transmission of results.

Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya

Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya

There were eight candidates in the August election and the announcement today led locked out party leader Ekuru Aukot of Thirdway Alliance Kenya to tweet that he will be heading to court to challenge the decision. 

Mr Aukot said the decision was “invalid” and “illegal.”

Aukot came in fifth in the void election with 27,311 votes.

 

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