Kenya’s fresh presidential election postponed

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Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has postponed the date for a fresh presidential election to October 26.

The electoral authority had initially scheduled the repeat vote to be conducted on October 17, but on Thursday announced the extension, citing a need to deliver elections to the standards set by the Supreme Court.

“In order to ensure the Commission is fully prepared to deliver an election that meets the standards set out by the Supreme Court, we wish to notify the public and all stakeholders that the fresh presidential election shall now be held on Thursday, 26th October 2017,” it said in a statement signed by chairperson Wafula Chebukati.

The August 8 presidential poll result was nullified by the Supreme Court on the basis of irregularities.

In its ruling delivered on September 1, the court ordered that the election be held a fresh in 60 days.

Following that verdict, President Uhuru Kenyatta said he accepted but disagreed with the ruling.

IEBC later said that only two names will be on the fresh ballot: Uhuru Kenyatta and long-time opposition leader Raila Odinga.