Kenya court orders partial vote recount

The six judges have until Saturday to decide whether Kenyatta will be Kenya’s new president.

Kenya's newly elected President Uhuru Kenyatta waves to faithfuls after attending a mass on March 10, 2013 at the Martyrs of Uganda Catholic church during a thanksgiving service in Gatundu, Kiambu. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Kenya's Supreme Court on Monday ordered the recount of some of the votes cast in the country's recent elections.

The country's highest court heard petitions filed by outgoing Prime Minister Raila Odinga and civil society groups.

They allege widespread irregularities in the closely-watched March 4 polls.

President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta won the elections with 50.07 percent of the vote.

Kenyatta narrowly avoided a second round runoff with Odinga after he received 8,000 more votes out of some 12 million ballots cast.

A recount in 22 of the 32,000 polling stations will begin on Tuesday.

It is a tense week for the country, after a disputed election result five years ago triggered violence that left more than 1,000 people displaced and thousands dead.

Odinga said there was "rampant illegality" during the counting, including changes to the voter register.

But he urged his supporters to remain calm and let the judicial process run its course.

Judges also asked the electoral commission to produce the entire voter registration list that was used after the electronic system failed.

The six judges will have until Saturday to decide whether Kenyatta will be confirmed as Kenya's new president or whether new elections should take place.