IEBC sets October 17 for Uhuru, Raila re-run

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The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has set October 17, 2017 as the date for a repeat of Kenya presidential election which will only feature President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga.

IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati released a statement on Monday evening in response to Supreme Court order on Friday last week.

According to the electoral commission, only Kenyatta and his running mate William Ruto and NASA leader Raila with his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka will be on the ballot.

The Supreme Court nullified President Uhuru’s re-election, ordering a fresh presidential election in 60 days.

According to the Chief Justice David Maraga, IEBC overlooked the Constitution, committed various illegalities affecting integrity of polls.

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Uhuru supporter collapses

Meanwhile, Kenya’s Standard Media reports that a businessman in Nyeri, Ephantus Thuku, claims to have spent Sh13 million to campaign for Kenyatta in the August 8 elections.

Thuku told the media that he passed out while he was driving to Mombasa after hearing the Supreme Court Verdict that was done on 1 September 2017.

Thuku who is commonly referred to as Adonai was treated and discharged for high blood pressure.

Ephantus Thuku, the founder of Adonai has told the media that he will mobilize resources to campaign for Uhuru in the coming election.

“After the Supreme Court ruling, I suffered shock and was hospitalized. We did not expect the court to pull such a surprise,” he said.

“We receive him on Friday when he was unconscious. His blood pressure was high but we managed to stabilize it. Said Martin Mbae, a nurse at Pandya hospital Mombasa.

Thuku has said that he is Confident Jubilee will still win the elections.

“This is the time Kenyans need to unite and pray for a peaceful nation. We are optimistic that Jubilee will still triumph,” said Thuku.



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