Kenya to recount presidential poll

AFP-JIJI

Kenya’s Supreme Court on Monday ordered a recount of votes cast at 22 polling centers, after presidential elections in which a second-round runoff was only avoided by the narrowest of margins.

“Re-tallying is to be done in 22 polling stations,” Supreme Court Judge Smokin Wanjala said.

The counting of the March 4 ballots — a fraction of the total votes cast in some 32,000 centers nationwide — was scheduled to take place Tuesday.

Official election results showed that President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta won 50.07 percent of the vote, only just breaking the first-round threshold by some 8,000 ballots.

Kenyatta, the son of Kenya’s first president and one of Africa’s richest men, was declared the winner of the presidential poll on March 9.

However, Kenya’s new leader faces charges of crimes against humanity related to deadly postelectoral violence in 2007.