Kenya's supreme court has upheld the reelection of president Uhuru Kenyatta

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Three people, among them an elderly woman, were shot dead on Monday during demonstrations that erupted following the Supreme Court's decision to uphold President Uhuru Kenyatta's October 26 repeat poll win.

While delivering his verdict, Chief Justice David Maraga threw out the cases by three petitioners that sought to invalidate the results of the October 26 election rerun, saying their arguments were without merit.

Though the opposition called for calm, at least two people were killed in protests. As a outcome, the presidential election of 26 October is hereby upheld. The court nullified Mr. Kenyatta's August 8 win, citing irregularities.

Mr. Kenyatta supporters celebrated outside of the Supreme Court after the Chief Justice, David Maranga, announced that "the petitions are not merited".

Kenyatta's main rival, Raila Odinga, however, pulled out of the rerun at the last minute saying the new elections would be flawed as well since the commission overseeing the contest had not been reformed.

In the vote, IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati declared President Kenyatta victor of the October 26 election with 7,483,895 votes of the 7,616,217 valid votes cast.

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The election went ahead and Kenyatta won by a landslide, though voting did not take place in a number of opposition districts.

In a statement, Odinga said the ruling "did not come as a surprise", nor did it alter his opposition to a government he regards as illegitimate.

Odinga says the court's decision was "taken under duress. This position has not been changed by the court ruling", Odinga said.

Immediately after, Jubilee leaders inside the court were seen hugging and celebrating inside the Supreme Court.

Accoring to the Supreme Court, the petitioners who include the opposition leader Raila Odinga and his National Super Aliance (NASA) had argued that the repeat polls be cancelled because the electoral commission did not seek fresh nominations after the August 8 polls were invalidated.

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