Presidential election will go on, Kenya's Supreme Court rules

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IEBC maintained that the repeat election would go on as planned even as the opposition insists a new presidential election must be conducted within 90 days preceded by fresh party nominations.

His ruling means President Uhuru Kenyatta may still have a challenger on October 26, when the re-run is scheduled despite the withdrawal of top opposition candidate on Raila Odinga over allegations of bias. However, that vote was annulled by the high court because of voting irregularities.

According to Magaya, the requirement for one to sign Form 24A does not apply in the context of the election at hand.

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Odinga has demanded deep reforms that the election commission (IEBC) says are impossible to deliver in the constitutionally mandated period. "We have come to the conclusion that there is no intention on the part of [election officials] to undertake any changes to its operations and personnel".

Odinga contested August's election results in the country's Supreme Court. It is unclear if Aukot intends to continue his presidential run.

The IEBC added: "Once the commission receives the requisite Notice from any of the candidates, it will process the same in accordance with the requisite provision of the law". Protestors clashed with police across the country.

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The electoral commission is expected to announce the way forward on Wednesday.

Odinga is counting on a ruling by the Supreme Court after 2013 elections - in which he failed to have the result overturned - which sought to clarify what happens if an election is invalidated.

The Kenyan stock exchange fell on Wednesday, and yields on Eurobonds rose 5 basis points after Odinga's announcement. The country is East Africa's largest economy and the world's largest tea grower, as well as a major manufacturing hub.

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