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New date for fresh presidential vote in Kenya
5 September 2017, 10:03 AM

Kenya’s electoral commission has announced that a fresh presidential vote will be held on October the 17th. Last week the Supreme Court cancelled the results of the country’s August poll which the incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta won.

The Kenyan Judges and Magistrates’ Association as well as civil society organisations in the country, have criticised what they term as “veiled threats” made by President Uhuru Kenyatta to the judiciary after the Supreme Court overturned his election victory on Friday. ‘

They condemned what they termed as Kenyatta’s assault on decisional independence of the judiciary.

The Supreme Court of Kenya on Friday overturned Kenyatta’s victory over what it termed widespread irregularities in the tallying and transmission of results.

Kenyatta has since pledged to respect the court’s decision, but has criticised the Supreme Court judges, terming them as crooks.

While Kenyatta initially said he would respect the ruling, he has since criticised the Supreme Court judges, referring to them as “crooks.”

Kenyatta has vowed to “fix” the judiciary if he is re-elected.

His attacks on the court, have received condemnation from the judges and magistrates’ association as well as civil society organisations.

Chairperson for Muslims for Human Rights, Khelef Khalifa says, “These statements signal a tendency towards authoritarian rule which must be resisted.”

International election observers had given the just-concluded elections a clean bill of health, and urged Odinga to accept the outcome or move to court.

Focus has now shifted to the electoral commission, which the court found to have failed or neglected to conduct elections within the law.

Kenyatta says, “Let the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) do their job. Let them declare the date and Raila let us meet at the ballot.”

Vice Chair of the Kenyan Section of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), Njonjo Mue says, “There is no point of going back to the polls and having the same mess as August 8th. If the IEBC is incapable of running a free, fair and credible election, then the IEBC has to go.”

There are also questions on whether international observers failed the Kenyan electorate. The countdown to the 60-day deadline within which Kenya must hold fresh elections continues.

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Let the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) do their job. Let them declare the date and Raila let us meet at the ballot.”

– By Sarah Kimani

Nullified election results a win for Kenyans: Analyst
3 September 2017, 8:54 AM

Constitutional Law Expert Shadrack Gutto says the new constitution that Kenyans fought for is beginning to bear fruits.

He was reacting to Friday’s ruling by Kenya‘s Supreme Court that annulled the results of last month’s presidential election in which Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner.

“The highest court has demonstrated this time around, that they are going to look at the constitution and the laws of the country. But in the area where one is dealing with political alignments, then we are dealing here with a situation whereby the political parties have to be able not to manipulate the electoral system.”

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– By Mbali SIbanyoni

We’re ready for fresh elections: Ruto
2 September 2017, 1:26 PM

Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto has asked the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to announce a new date for fresh presidential elections following Friday’s court order nullifying August 8th polls.

Ruto spoke even as the opposition began the process of removing the commission, indicating that it cannot be trusted to carry out a free and fair election.

Ruto told cheering supporters that the ruling Jubilee Party is ready for fresh elections and expressed confidence that the party would beat the opposition.

He called the opposition to announce the date for the polls. According to the ruling, fresh elections must be held before 31st October this year.

The opposition has however said it will not go into another election with the same commission. The Supreme Court ruled that the commission failed, neglected or refused to conduct the presidential election in a manner.

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Kenyetta ready for new poll
1 September 2017, 6:03 PM

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta says he will respect the country’s Supreme Court decision to nullify this year’s presidential elections.

The court on Friday declared Kenyatta’s win null and void due to “irregularities and illegalities” committed by the electoral commission and ordered fresh elections in two months’ time.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga termed the ruling a victory for the country and Africa, as celebrations broke out in his strongholds.

Kenyatta says he is ready to go to the polls again: “I personally disagree with the ruling that has been made today. But I respect it as much as I disagree with it, because as I have said, millions of Kenyans queued made their choice – and six people have decided that they will go against the will of the people.”


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Louise Vale
31 August 2017, 9:40 PM

Louise Vale has been shortlisted for the SABC board.

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