Kenyan opposition leader Odinga abandons poll re-run

Audrey Hill
October 11, 2017

The protests worsened after Kenya's former Prime Minister Raila Odinga - Kenyatta's main opponent - claimed that the August 8 polls were rigged prompting more opposition supporters to protest in the streets calling for justice.

"We deem that the fresh election ordered by the Supreme Court can not therefore be held", they statement by Nasa reads.

It stated that candidates in the fresh election would only be President Uhuru Kenyatta and Mr Odinga.

The ruling, the first time in Africa, was hailed by Odinga supporters as "historic".

The IEBC released a statement that, "following the withdrawal of the NASA presidential candidate, the Commission and the legal team are meeting and will communicate the way forward".

On September 1, 2017, the Supreme Court ruled that the August 8 Presidential election was not held in accordance with the Constitution and election laws.

IEBC, according to him, acted in bad faith by choosing to retain the services of companies such as French IT firm Safran/OT Morpho and printer Al Ghurair which NASA say were culpable of bungling of the August election.

"This being the case, it is our conviction that our withdrawal is in the best interest of the country and a win-win for everyone".

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"We will not allow autocracy back into Kenya", Odinga said. "We should have been working together to ensure that we uphold these values as they are not only our national values but are also the foundations of a credible electoral system", said Odinga.

If president Kenyatta is declared to have won that fresh election, then he would be sworn in for the second term unless another petition is filed.

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

Raila Odinga has pulled out of the re-run of the presidential election scheduled later this month.

While the beleaguered IEBC has said it has tried to reform its procedures, this has not been enough to placate the opposition, which demanded the firing of top officials and the contracting of new companies to print tallying forms and run the vote counting technology.

"While the Commission was not able to determine whether the action to use force by security agents was predetermined and targeted, it is clear from our analysis that majority of the victims were from one ethnic community and from informal settlements", the report said.

Odinga's opposition alliance is threatening to boycott the poll unless the election board changes some personnel.

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