Kenya Supreme Court Upholds Kenyatta’s Victory in Election Re-run

Incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta speaks after he was announced winner of the repeat presidential election at the IEBC National Tallying centre at the Bomas of Kenya, in Nairobi, Kenya October 30, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya/Files

Kenya’s Supreme Court has upheld President Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory in last month’s election re-run, which was boycotted by the main opposition.

Judges dismissed two petitions challenging the poll, opening the way for Mr Kenyatta to be inaugurated for a second term next week.

The opposition said the ruling had been given under “duress”, and it would not recognise the new government.

Mr Kenyatta won with 98% of the vote with turnout at 39%.

The poll was held after the Supreme Court annulled elections held in August, saying the poll was marred by “irregularities and illegalities”.

Civil society groups wanted the new poll to be annulled as well, arguing that the electoral commission had violated the law by failing to call for fresh nominations.

Handing down the verdict on behalf of six judges, Chief Justice David Maraga said: “The court has unanimously determined that the petitions are not merited”.

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SOURCE: BBC News