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Mon 4 Mar 2013

Kenya holds general elections, Kenyatta can run for president despite charges

  • By Nienke and 1 other
  • Last Update: 4 years ago
  • Kenya

Kenyans vote in presidential and parliamentary elections. 

The election has received a lot of media attention due to the pending trial against one of the candidates, Uhuru Kenyatta, at the International Criminal Court.

On the day, citizens go to the polls to elect the president, senators, county governors, members of parliament, civic wards and women county representatives.

The president is elected by a plurality vote to serve a 5 year term.

In February, Kenya's High Court stated it lacked the jurisdiction to rule whether Uhuru Kenyatta, who faces a trial on the charge of committing crimes against humanity, is eligible to run for office. 

The decision enabled Kenyatta to pursue his campaign for the presidency.

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