BREAKING: Kenyan election delayed - polls commission

2017-09-21 16:26
File: AFP

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Nairobi - Kenya's electoral commission on Thursday postponed a re-run of the presidential vote to October 26, giving itself nine extra days to fix problems that had caused the first poll to be annulled.

The decision came a day after the Supreme Court issued a detailed judgement lambasting the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) for failing to properly conduct the August election.

The IEBC had set the new election for October 17.

However, concerns have been mounting over whether the panel was able to conduct the necessary reforms in such a short time.

In a statement, the IEBC said it had decided to push back the vote as the full court ruling "impacts on the election operations and in particular (the) technology to be deployed."

"In order to ensure that 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 26 October," the IEBC said in a statement.

 'Monstrous injustice' 

He was speaking at a press conference at the same time as the IEBC announced the new date, appearing unaware of the schedule change which would see the nation return to the polls on his 56th birthday.

Kenyatta said the court did not dispute the number of votes cast.

"Not only did the judgement rob the Kenyan people of their democratic right but it also has the potential to throw our country into judicial chaos," he said.

"The effects and precedent set in that singular judgement by a bench of the court says that a bench can nullify the decision of millions of Kenyans without due regard to evidence."

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