Fresh Kenya poll set for October 17


Kenya will hold a re-run of its presidential election on October 17, after the result of last month’s poll was annulled due to fraud.

The only candidates on the ballot paper will be incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga, according to Kenya’s electoral commission.

“There shall be no fresh nominations,” the commission said in a statement.

The new date was set after the Supreme Court on Friday nullified the result of the August 8 election, citing irregularities that “occurred deliberately and in bad faith” and affected the integrity of the poll.

The commission said it will revise the operational and procedural requirements for the re-run.

The revisions would be based on the report by the Supreme Court, which found “irregularities” in the electoral commission’s conduct.

The court is however yet to release the report.

The initial results, announced on August 11, gave Kenyatta a second term with 54 per cent of the vote, followed by Odinga with 44.7 per cent.

Odinga claimed the electoral commission’s computers were hacked to generate a victory for Kenyatta.

The allegations unleashed a deadly wave of protests across the country last month, particularly in opposition strongholds in western Kenya.

The opposition says 100 people were killed, while police gave a death toll of 10 for Nairobi.

Odinga and his his National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition then filed a petition with the Supreme Court, which granted them access to the electoral commission’s electronic server to verify the results.

The audit was supervised by independent technology experts.

International observers from the European Union and Carter Center, among others, had called the election credible.