Kenya Re-election: Date And Known Candidates

Kenya’s Supreme court shocked the country and a whole lot of other International observers when they annulled the August elections that declared incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta as the winner. Now the world awaits Kenya’s Presidential re-election.

President Kenyatta’s rival, Raila Odinga had challenged the results of the last election saying that the polls had been hacked in Kenyatta’s favor. He complained of a lot of irregularities and the Supreme Court declared the first poll void.

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Chief Justice David Maraga said the election, in which Mr. Kenyatta won 54% of the vote, had not been conducted in accordance with the constitution, declaring it “invalid, null and void”.

Kenya’s Presidential Re-election will hold on 17 October and prior to that, the opposition is demanding that some IEBC officials be removed to ensure that the problems are not repeated in the second ballot.

The court is meant to give further details about the decision within 21 days and the IEBC chair Wafula Chebukati said it was “imperative that a detailed judgment… is released in order to allow the commission to identify areas that require improvement”.

Kenya's Presidential re-election

For Kenya’s Presidential re-election, only two men; President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga will be going head to head. The decision to have only two of them contest in the rerun has been pretty controversial.

At least one of the six other candidates have threatened legal action over their exclusion in the re-run ballot. They are, however, not the only ones who seem to have caught the bad end of this entire re-run deal.

The election commission has a lot to do ahead of October 17 to gain back the people’s trust after facing cutting criticism, mostly by opposition supporters, since Friday’s ruling.

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This will be the third time that Raila Odinga has disrupted Kenya’s elections by disputing the results. He lost against the sitting President in 2007 and 2013 and whereas the former led to post-election violence that saw the death of over 1200 people, the latter saw Kenyans determined to be peaceful.

Hopefully, Kenya still has its eye on the prize of a peaceful post-election despite all these shocking events. President Kenyatta had initially called for calm after the decision in a television address but he later referred to the judges as ‘wakora’ (meaning crooks in Swahili), saying that they had “decided to cancel the election”.