Raila and Uhuru to face-off in new presidential vote on Oct. 17

By David Indeje / September 4, 2017

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Kenya will hold a new presidential election on Oct. 17, according to the independent and Electoral and boundaries Commission.

“A fresh presidential election will be held on the 17th of October 2017. This is in conformity with the Supreme Court decision annulling the presidential election held on 8th August 2017,” said Wafula Chebukati the Chairperson of the electoral commission.

He also said there will be no fresh nominations in the envisaged fresh election.

“In the fresh election, the petitioners before the Supreme Court, the hon. Raila Odinga and his running mate Stephen kalonzo musyoka and the 3rd respondent Uhuru Kenyatta and his running mate William Ruto shall be the only candidates.”

The commission said it is also revising the operational and procedural requirements for the conduct of fresh elections and will share details later with the stakeholders.

It also urged the Supreme court judges to finalise on the detailed judgement to enable them identify areas that require improvement in the management of the fresh election.

IEBC had declared Uhuru, the Jubilee candidate winner of the presidential vote after he garnered 8,203,290 (54.27 per cent) votes against Mr Raila’s 6,762, 224 (44.74 per cent).

However, the Court by majority -Chief Justice David Maraga, deputy Philomena Mwilu, Judges Smokin Wanjala, and Isaac Lenaola   ruled that the August Presidential  elections contained “irregularities and illegalities”.

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