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Battle over President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election heads back to the Supreme Court – The Standard

The StandardBattle over President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election heads back to the Supreme CourtThe StandardThe Supreme Court will once again be the theatre where the legal battle over the presidential election standoff between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition leader Raila Odinga plays out. Thursday, Jubilee Party filed a pre-emptive petition seeking ...Elections exhaust Kenya, where democracy is challengedNews24Uhuru Kenyatta's hollow victoryThe EconomistIN-DEPTH: Kenya's problematic pollFinancial MailXinhua -RFI -The Bucknellian

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European Union observers say poll was more transparent – The Standard

The StandardEuropean Union observers say poll was more transparentThe StandardAny election dispute should be presented in court, election observers from the European Union have said. The European Union Election Observation Mission (EUEOM) also said an initial analysis of result forms for the October 26 repeat presidential poll ...Kenya faces further poll challenges as divisions remainAljazeera.comInt'l poll observers call for dialogue to resolve Kenya's political impasseXinhuaPetitioner wants IEBC bosses punished for

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Kenya’s presidential vote could send the country into a political crisis

Voters look for their names on an electorate list near a polling station ahead of the presidential election in the slum area of Mathare in Nairobi on Tuesday. NAIROBI - Two months after Kenya's Supreme Court annulled the country's presidential election, a rescheduled poll is now slated for Thursday, a vote with major implications for East Africa's largest economy and its most important political power broker.

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IEBC allows agents, observers to access servers – The Standard

The StandardIEBC allows agents, observers to access serversThe StandardThe electoral commission has opened its results transmission servers for scrutiny by presidential candidates in the October 26 repeat election. The access was given on Tuesday, just hours after Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) ...IEBC opens up Results Transmission Server for Oct 26 pollCapital FM KenyaKenyatta Declared Winner of Disputed ElectionAllAfrica.comIEBC grants access to results transmission serverKenya Broadcasting CorporationDaily Nation -defenceWeb -DeathRattleSports.com -African Independentall 56 news articles »

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Kenyans vote, or mostly don’t, in controversial reelection

Very few Kenyans showed up to vote Thursday at a controversial reelection boycotted by the main opposition, causing a deep divide and ethnic cleavages throughout the East African nation. The picture at polling stations today retains a stark contrast to that of August 8, with polling booths standing empty and security forces outnumbering voters.

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Kenya:’Repeat Presidential Poll Was Free, Fair and Credible’

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President Uhuru Kenyatta addresses the nation at State House, Nairobi, on October 25, 2017.

By Patrick Lang'at and John Ngirachu

IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati has declared that the just-concluded repeat presidential election was credible, free, fair and credible.

Mr Chebukati has subsequently declared Jubilee’s Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto as president-elect and deputy president-elect respectively.

Mr Kenyatta garnered 7,483,895 votes, which is 98.27pc of the valid votes cast in the fresh election held last week and which was boycotted by his main challenger, Nasa’s Raila Odinga.

The declaration process, which is ongoing, started a few minutes to 4pm with Mr Chebukati reading the votes that each candidate got in each of the 47 counties.

The declaration is made without results from 25 constituencies in Nyanza that failed to vote on Thursday due to disruptions of polling.

Mr Chebukati said that the conditions that had been set for the repeat poll were met and that the fresh election credible, free and fair.

MOST DIFFICULT

He described as the “most difficult and legally unchartered waters” the fact that Kenya, first in Africa and the Commonwealth, and only the fourth in the world, had its presidential election annulled and a repeat poll done.

“I am satisfied that we were able to meet these conditions (I had set) to deliver what to us, and I believe, [to] observers, was a free, fair and credible election,” said Mr Chebukati.

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DETAILED STEPS

He said detailed steps were undertaken to ensure the election was okay and to address concerns from General Election where the Supreme Court annulled President Kenyatta’s win.

Mr Chebukati said that the election was run by a fresh team made of election staff from all over the country.

He added that conditions in 25 constituencies in Nyanza region made it impossible to hold the repeat election.

Speaking earlier in the day, IEBC Vice-Chairperson Consolata Nkatha said that voting in areas that did not hold elections will not affect the final result.

VERIFICATION

She said that a verification process had been completed in 266 constituencies where elections were held and that the commission, in accordance with Section 55(B)(3) of the Elections Act, directed that a return to the election be made, thus paving way for a president-elect to be declared.

Last Thursday’s fresh election was ordered by the Supreme Court in a landmark ruling on September 1 that annulled President Kenyatta’s August 8 win over illegalities and irregularities committed by the IEBC.

Mr Odinga boycotted the fresh poll, demanding, among other things, the sacking of senior electoral officials and change of both the ballot paper printer and the poll’s technology provider.

NYANZA

However, it became impossible to hold elections in 25 constituencies in Kisumu, Siaya, Homa Bay and Migori, where Mr Odinga enjoys massive support.

In most of these constituencies, hooligans prevented polling from taking place, welding and riveting shut gates in some places and in others engaging in violence to the extent that the IEBC could not secure its officials.

Mr Chebukati said on Friday that election officials were intimidated, kidnapped or tortured and said that where the commission’s staff was under threat, it was concerned.

266 CONSTITUENCIES

However, election took place in 265 of Kenya’s 290 constituencies as well as the diaspora with Kenyans in East and South Africa casting their ballot.

Of those 266 reporting constituencies, President Kenyatta had 7,483, 895 votes, just 719,395 shy of the 8,203, 290 he had in the annulled poll.

And with 7,616, 21 valid votes in the 266 constituencies that voted, the voter turnout was 42.36 per cent, while taken against the 19, 611, 423 total voters in Kenya, the Thursday fresh poll’s turnout drops to 38.84 per cent.

The August 8 election had a 79.17 per cent voter turnout, a drop from the 86 per cent in the 2013 election won by President Kenyatta with Mr Odinga coming in a close second, and losing a subsequent Supreme Court petition.

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How it unraveled

It's deja vu for voters in Kenya who return to the ballot box on Thursday for a presidential election do-over -- after the result of the first ballot on August 8 was overturned amid rigging allegations.

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Breaking: EFCC, ICPC to investigate sacked Babachir, Oke – Presidency – Vanguard

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Kenya president wins 98% of vote in repeat of disputed election – CBC.ca

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East Africa:WHO Releases $500,000 to Contain Plague, Marburg

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By Aggrey Omboki

Kenya and Tanzania are among counties identified by the World Health Organisation as likely hotspots for the plague that has ravaged Madagascar and a recent Marburg virus disease outbreak in eastern Uganda.

So serious is the prospect of the Marburg Virus crossing over the border to Kenya that the WHO has released $500,000 to contain the epidemic.

WHO's latest update on the outbreak put Tanzania, South Africa, Seychelles, Ethiopia, Mauritius, La Réunion, Kenya, Comoros and Mozambique on notice for possible spread of disease because of trade and travel links with Madagascar.

Over the past three months, the plague has claimed 124 lives with 1,133 cases of infection in Madagascar, while two people have died from the Marburg virus in Uganda in the past week.

WHO says the disease first appeared in ports of Madagascar in 1898.

"The recent appearance in Madagascar of a strain of the plague microbe Yersinia pestis showing multiresistance to antibiotics is a matter of much concern and highlights the necessity for effective surveillance of the disease. This strain, isolated from a patient with bubonic plague, was resistant to all first-line antibiotics as well as major alternative drugs," says the document.

The Permanent Secretary in Tanzania's Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Children and the Elderly, Dr Mpoki Ulisubisya, said Ebola, Marburg and Zika fever have not been diagnosed in the country.

On Thursday, Ugandan Health Minister Jane Aceng confirmed one case of the virus, saying a 50-year-old woman had died after doctors diagnosed the disease following a series of tests on the patient.

"Prior to her illness and subsequent demise, she had nursed her 42-year old brother who died on September 25 after falling sick with similar signs and symptoms," said Ms Aceng.

Kenya has put measures in place to protect the country from the disease outbreaks.

The Ministry of Health has intensified surveillance at all points of entry and within counties bordering eastern Uganda, including Busia, Bungoma, Trans Nzoia and West Pokot.

Travellers and crew members of vessels from the two countries must undergo screening and fill surveillance forms upon arrival in Kenya. Aircraft and ships from the two countries are being inspected for rodent and flea infestation.

Tanzania and Kenya are yet to report cases of plague this year but have experienced the epidemics before.

From 1980 to 1997, human plague was reported in Tanzania every year with 7,246 cases and 585 deaths. Kenya reported 393 cases and 10 deaths in 1979 which was the last major epidemic in the country. A total of 10 deaths occurred between 1980 and 1990.

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MCA clobbered after ‘ballot papers’ impounded by youths – The Standard

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IEBC to announce repeat poll winner on Monday – Daily Nation

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Kenya’s election rerun: What happened today. What happens tomorrow.

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Gabrielle Maina’s husband and another man arrested in connection with her death

The estranged husband of Australian teacher Gabrielle Maina has been arrested after the mother-of-two was shot and killed in Nairobi last week, according to media reports. Ms Maina's husband, Cyrus Bernard Maina Njuguna, and another man, John Njuguna Waithira, were arrested in Kenya over Thursday's shooting in the exclusive suburb of Karen, the ABC reports.

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Court of Appeal sets aside Justice Odunga’s ruling on returning officers – The Star, Kenya

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Kenya election: Last-minute court bid to block poll

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Uhuru Kenyatta won the August poll with 54% of the vote to Mr Odinga's 45%

Kenya's Supreme Court will hold a last-minute hearing to decide whether the re-run of the presidential election can go ahead.

The court will hear an urgent petition by human rights activists arguing Kenya is not ready for the vote.

The election is due to take place the following day, on Thursday.

The Supreme Court in September took the unprecedented decision to annul the presidential election and demand a re-run.

Chief Justice David Maraga said the 8 August election had not been "conducted in accordance with the constitution" and declared it "invalid, null and void".

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This was the first time in Africa that an opposition court challenge against a presidential election had succeeded.

However, the main opposition candidate Raila Odinga is boycotting the vote.

He told the BBC's Newsday programme on Tuesday that it was a "sham" election "which will not represent the will of the people".

Mr Odinga says nothing has changed since the original poll and has called for "massive" demonstrations on election day.

Image copyright AFP Image caption Opposition supporters have been staging daily protests against the election

On Monday, 20 western diplomats said "growing insecurity", including inflammatory rhetoric and attacks on the election commission, made it more difficult to hold a legitimate poll.

Last week a senior official at the electoral commission fled to the US, telling the BBC she had received death threats.

Amid the growing tension, the bodyguard of Kenya's deputy chief justice was shot and wounded on Tuesday, police say.

They said the motive was not clear.

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the last-minute petition, which questions whether the electoral commission and its chairman will be able to conduct a free and fair election on Thursday.

It is asking for an entirely new election which could extend the process by months.

President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is seeking a second term, has said the ballot must go ahead.

Difficult questions

Alastair Leithead, BBC News, Nairobi

There is ambiguity between electoral law, the constitution and how the courts have interpreted it.

The petitioners are asking the court to clarify its 2013 interpretation of the constitution - that if a candidate drops out, the whole months-long process should begin again, rather than simply holding a re-run.

That's the case Raila Odinga's lawyers cite in connection with his decision to boycott the poll.

According to the constitution the vote must be held before 1 November.

But last week electoral commission chairman Wafula Chebukati said "it's difficult to guarantee a free, fair and credible election". This leads to the question: Can the court allow the re-run to go ahead?

Another question is around how a potential constitutional crisis would be handled if the election is not held within the timeframe.

Wednesday has been unexpectedly declared a public holiday, but the Supreme Court says that will not affect its business.

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Rwanda:Diane Rwigara and Mother Denied Bail, Detained

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Diane Rwigara at a past press briefing in Kigali.

By Ivan R. Mugisha

Kigali — A court in Kigali Monday ruled against bail for government critic Diane Rwigara, who is charged with inciting public insurrection and forging of documents.

The disqualified presidential aspirant and her mother Adeline Rwigara, will now be remanded for at least 30 days before their trial begins in substance.

However, her younger sister, Ms Anne Rwigara, was released provisionally after the judge decided to drop the charge accusing her of inciting public insurrection on grounds of insufficient evidence.

The trio remained emotionless throughout the hearing, while journalists who waited outside to take their photos after the session were ordered not to by police officers.

The pre-trial last week took a twist when the judge ordered the press and the public to leave the courtroom because sensitive testimonies were going to be presented through intercepted audios and witnesses whose identity was protected.

Lawyers for the accused had asked the judge to disregard the Whatsapp audio files as evidence, citing that they had been illegally obtained through phone interceptions.

Lead prosecutor Michele Nshimiyimana, denied any phone interceptions, noting that the audio files were obtained from the defendants' phones after a search at the Rwigara's residence led to the legal confiscation of their phones and gadgets.

Ms Diane Rwigara, a 35-year-old accountant and vocal critic of President Paul Kagame, is charged with inciting insurrection and forging signatures during her presidential bid.

Forgery attracts five to seven years in jail, while inciting insurrection - a charge that Diane shares with her mother - attracts 10 to 15 years.

Mrs Rwigara is separately charged with promoting sectarian practices, which attracts five to seven years in prison

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