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

A woman casts her ballot during the Jubilee Party (JP) primary elections, inside a polling centre in Nairobi, Kenya April 26, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya - RTS13YYA

NAIROBI, Oct 11 (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. “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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