Election Petition: Kenya Court to rule on cases

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FILE PHOTO: Kenya Elections 2017

Kenya’s Supreme Court would rule on Monday on cases that seek to nullify the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta in October.

Furthermore, the judges could order a fresh vote or clear the way for the incumbent to be sworn in for a second term.

The two cases appear to represent a final chance for legal scrutiny of the Oct. 26 election and the ruling could end a protracted political crisis in which more than 60 people have been killed.

“We will deliver judgment on the 20th,’’ Chief Justice David Maraga told lawyers at the end of a hearing on Thursday.

Kenyatta defeated opposition leader Raila Odinga in August but Odinga challenged the election and the court voided it citing procedural irregularities and ordered a fresh vote.

The court’s decision was the first of its kind in Africa.

Odinga boycotted October’s poll, saying the election…

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