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Kenya vote commission cites Bush vs. Gore in defense against petition asking for vote do-over

A lawyer for Kenya's election commission is citing the American presidential election court case Bush vs. Gore in his argument that Kenya's election result should stand.

Ahmednasir Abdullahi told Kenya's Supreme Court Thursday it should adhere to judicial restraint and uphold the March 4 election result showing that Uhuru Kenyatta won with 50.07 percent of the vote. Prime Minister Raila Odinga and civil society groups are asking the court to order a new election because it wasn't free and fair.

Abdullahi quoted a U.S. Supreme Court justice who wrote that the appearance of a split court on such an important case risks undermining public confidence.

One justice told Abdullahi the court was not on trial and to return to arguing his case.

The court is expected to rule by Saturday.