Kenya High court rules minor candidate can contest presidential re-run

Kenyan presidential candidate Ekuru Aukot of the Thirdway Alliance party poses for a photo during an interview with Reuters in Nairobi, Kenya, June 22, 2017. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
Kenyan presidential candidate Ekuru Aukot of the Thirdway Alliance party poses for a photo during an interview with Reuters in Nairobi, Kenya, June 22, 2017. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

The Kenyan election board should include Ekuru Aukot, who polled less than 1 percent in presidential elections in August, on the ballot in the event of a re-run, the High Court ruled on Wednesday, Reuters reports.

Kenya’s Justice John Mativo ruled that presidential candidate Ekuru Aukot and 5 other candidates should be included on the ballot for the October 26 election re-run.

“I find nothing to bar the petitioner from contesting the fresh election,” said Justice John Mativo, Reuters quotes him say.

This comes after NASA opposition leader, Raila Odinga pulled out from the repeat presidential election on Tuesday.

The court’s ruling means that President Uhuru Kenyatta still has a challenger come the October 26 repeat elections.

8 August elections were annulled by the Supreme Court, citing irregularities. The court further called for repeat presidential elections on the 26 October.