Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Kenya: Raila Odinga withdraws from election rerun

Kenya: Raila Odinga withdraws from election rerun

The court ruled the elections were flawed and said new polls must be conducted within 60 days.

Last month, Kenya's Supreme Court voided the August 8 presidential election, citing irregularities, but did not criticize any specific individual at the election board.

It also proposes to strip the powers of announcing the victor of a presidential poll from the chairman of the electoral commission to any other commissioner. People are asking why is it that you go to court, the court rules in your favour and you come and withdraw from the election, and this election has been set because of the petition that you have filed.

He assured his supporters that the march to power was still on, but cautioned that it will not be easy as there will be a lot of drama, including defection of Nasa candidates who lost in the August elections.

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While addressing the press in Nairobi on Monday, Odinga said that he will not participate in the October 26 elections if the IEBC does not meet his demands.

The protests started after the electoral body announced incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta as the victor of the August 8 election.

Kenyan police lobbed tear gas at opposition supporters who protested around the country on Monday to demand a reform of the election commission before new polls are held later this month.

Mr Odinga has contested and lost the last three presidential elections in Kenya, sources confirm, each time, he has said the vote was rigged against him. Justices said that by failing to allow the investigation of the computers the commission failed to disprove Odinga's claim that hackers infiltrated the servers and altered the vote in favor of Kenyatta.

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The poll pitting Kenyatta against Odinga must be held by the end of October, according to the Supreme Court ruling.

"What Odinga wanted was at first extensive reforms at the electon commission".

Raila said the withdrawal from the election "is in the best interest of the country and a win-win for everyone".

The opposition party has previously made clear its participation in the election was contingent on reforms being made.

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The opposition is threatening to boycott the October 26 re-run if election board officials are not removed and if parliament passes a proposed amendment to the election law.

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