October 11, 2017 / 7:19 AM / 9 months ago

Kenya High Court rules minor candidate should be on ballot for poll re-run

NAIROBI (Reuters) - The Kenyan election board should include Ekuru Aukot, who polled less than 1 percent in presidential elections in August, on the ballot in the event of a re-run, the High Court ruled on Wednesday.

Kenyan presidential candidate Ekuru Aukot of the Thirdway Alliance party poses for a photo during an interview with Reuters in Nairobi, Kenya, June 22, 2017. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

“I find nothing to bar the petitioner from contesting the fresh election,” said Justice John Mativo.

His ruling means President Uhuru Kenyatta may still have a challenger on Oct. 26, when the re-run is scheduled. despite the withdrawal of top opposition candidate on Raila Odinga over allegations of bias.

reporting by Duncan Miriri; writing by Katharine Houreld; editing by John Stonestreet

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