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October 26: New date set for repeat of Kenya presidential elections

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya’s electoral body on Thursday pushed the date for the conduct of fresh presidential elections to October 26 from its earlier set date of October 17, citing the need to be fully prepared to deliver free, fair and credible elections in accordance with the law.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati said the new date was arrived at following the full judgement which was delivered on Wednesday that criticized the poll for bungling the Aug. 8 presidential elections which were overturned.

"There is no doubt that the Supreme Court impacts on the election operations and in particular technology to be deployed," Chebukati said in a statement as the body studies the Supreme Court’s verdict and its implications.

Four out of six Supreme Court judges on Sept. 1 nullified President Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory over opposition leader Raila Odinga and ordered a fresh vote within 60 days.

The judges on Wednesday delivered a detailed judgement, giving reasons on why they overturned President Kenyatta’s victory, giving a finding against the poll body for failing to conduct the Aug. 8 presidential elections in accordance with the constitution and vowed it would nullify any future elections which do not conform to the dictates of the law.

Supreme Court President and Chief Justice David Maraga said irregularities ranging from non-compliance with the law and the failure to conduct the presidential election in accordance with the national laws rendered it null and void.

But Chebukati, who said the polls body was still studying the judgment, promised to provide more details on the fresh elections on Friday.

"In order to ensure the commission is fully prepared to deliver an election that meets standards set out by the court, we wish to notify the public and all stakeholders that the fresh election shall now be held on Oct. 26," Chebukati said.

Chebukati had earlier 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.
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Kenya sets new date for repeat of presidential elections

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya’s electoral body on Thursday pushed the date for the conduct of fresh presidential elections to Oct. 26 from its earlier set date of Oct. 17, citing the need to be fully prepared to deliver free, fair and credible elections in accordance with the law.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati said the new date was arrived at following the full judgement which was delivered on Wednesday that criticized the poll for bungling the Aug. 8 presidential elections which were overturned.

"There is no doubt that the Supreme Court impacts on the election operations and in particular technology to be deployed," Chebukati said in a statement as the body studies the Supreme Court’s verdict and its implications.

Four out of six Supreme Court judges on Sept. 1 nullified President Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory over opposition leader Raila Odinga and ordered a fresh vote within 60 days.

The judges on Wednesday delivered a detailed judgement, giving reasons on why they overturned President Kenyatta’s victory, giving a finding against the poll body for failing to conduct the Aug. 8 presidential elections in accordance with the constitution and vowed it would nullify any future elections which do not conform to the dictates of the law.

Supreme Court President and Chief Justice David Maraga said irregularities ranging from non-compliance with the law and the failure to conduct the presidential election in accordance with the national laws rendered it null and void.

But Chebukati, who said the polls body was still studying the judgment, promised to provide more details on the fresh elections on Friday.

"In order to ensure the commission is fully prepared to deliver an election that meets standards set out by the court, we wish to notify the public and all stakeholders that the fresh election shall now be held on Oct. 26," Chebukati said.

Chebukati had earlier 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.

           

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