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NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Mombasa Governor Hassan Ali Joho [left] looks on as the National Super Alliance (NASA) leader Raila Odinga [center] addresses the press outside the Supreme Court in Nairobi. Kenya’s Supreme Court on Friday declared presidential election null and void and ordered a repeat of similar exercise within 60 days. Chief Justice and President of Supreme Court David Maraga said the election where the incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner had gross irregularities which affected the integrity of elections. XINHUA PHOTO - FRED MUTUNE

Kenya Elections Commission will probe polling malpractices

by Ronald Njoroge and Chris Mgidu NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya’s electoral body on Friday urged thorough investigations into the malpractices that led to the nullification of the Aug. 8 presidential elections.

The Independent Elections and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman Wafula Chebukati told journalists that the three grounds used by the Supreme Court to reach its majority decision to annul the presidential results were mainly based on errors found in the electronic transmission of the presidential results.

"The Commission invites the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution to urgently and expeditiously investigate and prosecute any of our staff that may have been involved in violation of the Election Offenses Act," Chebukati said.

The country’s apex court nullified Kenyatta’s win in the Aug. 8 general election and ordered the IEBC to conduct fresh polls within 60 days.

Four judges ruled in favor of opposition leader Raila Odinga’s petition challenging the results, while two ruled against.

"Presidential election was not conducted in accordance to the Constitution.

The results are null and void," Chief Justice David Maraga said on Friday.

Chebukati revealed that they will be making some internal changes in personnel, even as they prepare to conduct fresh polls within two months.

"For now we don’t know the reasons for invalidating elections.

"I would like the Supreme Court to issue its full judgment in time so that we can know the exact reasons and for us to streamline our process in line with that ruling," said Chebukati.

Chebukati’s remarks came after the opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) said earlier that they have no confidence in the current IEBC team, calling for the United Nations to intervene and conduct free, fair and credible polls.

Chebukati maintained that his commission conducted free and credible polls that fully reflected the will of the people, urging Kenyans to remain calm and maintain peace this crucial time.



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