Court orders IEBC to include Aukot in repeat presidential poll

Game changer

Ekuru Aukot
Thirdway Alliance Kenya party leader Ekuru Aukot. PHOTO: NMG

The High Court has ordered the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to include Thirdway Alliance presidential candidate, Ekuru Aukot, in the October 26 repeat election.

Justice John Mativo has ordered the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to amend a gazette notice it had issued on presidential candidates to contest in the repeat election to include Aukot’s name.

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Raila Odinga
NASA leader Raila Odinga. He has quit the October race. PHOTO: JAMBONEWSPOT

Giving his judgement, the judge ruled that Aukot was part of the petition that challenged President Uhuru Kenyatta’s election, as an interested party.

The judge said he sees no reason why the petitioner should not be included in the election, this, even as Kenyans prepare to go to the polls in two weeks’ time.

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He noted the election was not a run off but a fresh election, pointing out that the former refers to competition between two leading candidates.

The judge ruled that excluding Mr Aukot from the repeat election is a violation of his rights.

This is coming a day after National Super Alliance presidential candidate, Raila Odinga, withdrew from the forthcoming poll.

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The ex-Prime Minister says the poll body has refused to implement its irreducible minimums including the removal of key officials including CEO Ezra Chiloba.

Raila also has an issue with the ongoing amendments to Election Law by the Jubilee Party.