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Kenya: Aukot to File Case Tuesday Over Exclusion From New Election

06 September 2017

Sources however indicate that the Commission relied on a decision rendered by the apex court in the 2013 presidential petition, which was interpreted to mean that only two leading candidates in an election are to participate in a new poll in the event the court invalidates the vote outcome.

Shortly after accusing Kenyatta's ruling coalition of election hacking, unrest began in Kibera and areas around Nairobi.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati said in a statement the six staff members will work for a period of three months.

The verdict of high national instance orders the celebration of new elections in a 60-days term on October 17 in which 19,6 million voters representing 48 million inhabitants will decide who will be finally the President between Kenyatta of 55 years, and Odinga of 72.

"The appointment takes immediate effect", Chebukati said.

The new elections will be between President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga following the Supreme Court's ruling last week to nullify the results of the August 8 polls which gave victory to Kenyatta, according to a statement issued by the electoral commission chairman, Wafula Chebukati.

"You can not do a mistake twice and expect to get different results", Odinga told reporters.

The opposition also said it was planning to file dozens of challenges to results from races lower down the ticket, including legislative and local seats contested in the August 8 vote.

The election is expected to be held on October 17.

"Kenya is a key partner for the European Union in the region and we are committed to strengthening our relationship further after the elections", she said.

On Monday, the election board said it would hold new elections on October 17. "Kenya doesn't belong to one man", he said in a statement sent by his office.

The Supreme Court ruling, the first time in Africa that a court had overturned the re-election of a sitting president, was hailed by Odinga's supporters as "historic".

"The entire election was cancelled by the Supreme Court", he said.

Shortly afterward, however, Kenyatta angrily attacked the decision, saying the Supreme Court judges "have been paid by white people and other trash".