BREAKING: Kenya Sets October 7 For New Presidential Election
Kenya is going to the polls again on October 17, to elect a new president.
A senior official at the election commission disclosed this on Monday, days after the Supreme Court nullified the vote held in August.
Meanwhile, Kenya’s government has insisted it will not replace the election board ahead of the new elections ordered by the Supreme Court.
On Friday, the court annulled President Uhuru Kenyatta’s official win in the August 8 presidential polls by 1.4 million votes.
The court said the board had not followed proper procedures and ordered it to hold new elections within 60 days, but did not stipulate any personnel changes.
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Some Kenyans celebrated the ruling, saying it reduced the potential for a repeat of the kind of violence that followed a disputed 2007 presidential election, in which more than 1,200 people were killed.
Opposition leader Raila Odinga, who has lost the last three elections and has alleged vote-rigging after each, was among those who welcomed the court judgement.
But he also called for senior officials at the election board to resign and face possible prosecution.
Spokesmen for both the president and the election board rejected the idea of changing the entire board.