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Court: Kenya's polls in 2013 unless coalition collapses

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The three-judge bench in the constitutional court ruled that elections could be held within 60 days after the expiry of current Parliament, which is January 14, 2013.The High Court on Friday ruled that Kenya's first General Election under the new Constitution would be held in March 2013, unless the grand coalition is dissolved. In making their judgement on Friday, judges Isaac Lenaola, David Majanja and Mumbi Ngugi said if the National Accord of the coalition is disbanded, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) would fix an election date within 60 days.The Government had proposed delaying the vote by four months to December 2012 because of logistical problems, leading to the petitions to the court.The constitution, endorsed by a referendum in 2010, had set Kenya’s presidential and parliamentary elections for August 14.Click here