The Oasis Reporters
September 4, 2017
Despite calling his country’s Supreme Court judges “crooks,” President Uhuru Kenyatta would still submit himself to a Rerun poll but said he would win again in the second elections called for October 17, 2017.
On the other hand, though hailing the court decision, the veteran Opposition leader Raila Odinga has called for the electoral commission to be disbanded altogether.
This call had been echoed in a 2016 demonstration in Nairobi.
The chairman of the electoral commission, Wafula Chebukati, issued a statement Monday saying that the new elections will be in just over 40 days following the Supreme Court’s ruling last week to nullify the results of the Aug. 8 polls which gave victory to President Uhuru Kenyatta. The court ruling said that new elections must be held within 60 days.
Kenya’s Supreme Court annulled the elections saying that the commission had committed irregularities in adding up the votes cast and Raila Odinga’s supporters had jubilated in the slums of Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi.