Kenya's top court to hear petition to postpone election

The ruling by the Supreme Court to annul the elections was the first time a court in Africa had overturned a presidential election. Kenya's Supreme Court plans to hear last-minute arguments that Thursday's presidential election should be postponed because a free and fair vote cannot be guaranteed.

Kenya's Supreme Court plans to hear last-minute arguments that Thursday's presidential election should be postponed because a free and fair vote cannot be guaranteed.

The top court, whose surprise decision to annul the Aug. 8 election over irregularities set the stage for this week's new vote, said it will convene Wednesday morning to hear petitioners who allege that Kenya's electoral commission is in disarray and prone to political interference.

A large number of voters would be disenfranchised because opposition leader Raila Odinga, who withdrew from the new election after challenging the first one in court, wants supporters to boycott the vote while seeking electoral reforms, the petition says.

Kenya's top court to hear petition to postpone election
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