Kenya's Opposition Leader, Odinga, Rejects Repeat Election Date

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Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga will face each other in a new presidential election on October 17, the electoral commission said, after the Supreme Court annulled last month's vote.

The court on Friday said the election commission had not followed proper procedures and ordered it to hold a new vote within 60 days.

In Gatundu, President Uhuru Kenyatta's hometown, residents who spoke to Nation said the decision by the Supreme Court was not only unfair but it is also bad for the economy as the money spent during the August 8 election "has just gone to waste".

Odinga, who also contested the presidency in 2007 and 2013, repeated his statement after Friday's court ruling that the opposition would not participate in the re-run of the election without changes to the election commission.

Both the victor and loser of Friday's ruling - opposition leader Raila Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta - were strong promoters of the new constitution.

The post Kenya Supreme Court declares presidential election results invalid appeared first on PBS NewsHour.

According to BBC Africa, the supreme court's ruling is considered the first time that a challenge from an opposition court to a presidential ruling has been successful. After each election, he has claimed the votes were rigged. It is a very good example for the electoral process on the African continent, " he said.

"The Commission calls for patience and understanding among all stakeholders as we work together to deliver free, fair, credible and peaceful elections", he said.

In order to win the new election, Odinga would have considerable ground to make up.

Justice Maraga said the election commission had failed "to conduct the presidential election in a manner consistent with the dictates of the constitution".

A lawyer for the electoral commission, Paul Muite, had argued in a submission to the court that the irregularities were not enough to overturn the result. Mr. Kenyatta is from the Kikuyu group, which has supplied three of the four presidents since Kenya gained independence from Britain in 1963.

Mr Kenyatta, 55, added: "We are ready to go back again to the people with the same agenda that we delivered to the people".

On Friday he slammed the judges as "crooks". "Maraga should know that he is now dealing with the serving president", Mr Kenyatta said. She certainly understands her country much better than I do.

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