Kenya repeat poll set for October 26

Kenya's Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati. FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

The Kenya electoral commission has changed the date for repeat presidential poll occasioned by Supreme Court’s nullification of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election.

The commission on Thursday said it had moved the poll from October 17 to October 26, 2017.

This came on the day the Cabinet approved $98 million (Sh10bn) budget for the high-stakes poll.

In a brief statement, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman Wafula Chebukati announced that the decision was taken to ensure the commission is fully prepared in light of the apex court’s judgment delivered on Wednesday.

The standards set

“There is no doubt that the judgment impacts on the election operations and in particular technology to be deployed,” Mr Chebukati said.

“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 October 26, 2017,” the chairman added, further announcing that IEBC will issue more details on Friday on the state of preparedness.

According to Mr Chebukati, IEBC continues to review the detailed Supreme Court ruling for purposes of understanding its implications on the court-ordered fresh poll.

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