Twists And Turns Of Kenya's Disputed Elections

Cesar Mills
October 11, 2017

Tuesday's withdrawal of the National Super Alliance from the October 26 repeat election throws the ball firmly into the court of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, which must now interpret what the pullout means as the far as the Constitution is concerned.

Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga has pulled out of October's election re-run.

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

While Odinga expressed confidence the vote will be canceled, Kenyatta told listeners at a campaign stop, "We have no problem going back to elections".

Angry protests occurred a few days after in opposition strongholds across the country but peace returned when Raila Odinga said he was taking the results to court instead.

Mr Odinga said his withdrawal would give the electoral commission enough time to introduce reforms that will help deliver a more credible election.

Nasa leader says will not take part in the October 26 election.

In early September, the supreme court had annulled the results of the presidential election which were held on August 8 and ordered for a fresh vote in 60 days.

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Raila departs on Wednesday for the United Kingdom amid fears that he might announce his withdrawal from there, and refuse to return back to the country in time for the poll.

"In a constitutional democracy, we should not be debating about a free and fair election...." His deputy president, William Ruto, said shortly after Odinga's announcement that he respects Odinga's choice.

Judges of the apex court said their decision to invalidate Kenyatta's victory was based on gross malpractices by the electoral agency that included tampering of results tallying and transmission infrastructure.

Meanwhile, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission-IEBC is now meeting with its legal team following the unexpected announcement by opposition leader Raila Odinga to quite the poll-re-run.

The electoral commission tweeted that they were meeting with their legal team and "will communicate the way forward". It also tweeted a letter it sent on Tuesday to Odinga's opposition coalition saying that "we have taken the necessary steps to guarantee the integrity of the fresh presidential elections".

Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court David Maraga ordered the polls body to conduct fresh presidential elections within 60 days.

Kenyatta won the August 8 vote by a margin of 1.4 million votes over Odinga.

Other reports by GizPress

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