Kenyan assets tumble after opposition leader pulls out of election

Ivan Schwartz
October 14, 2017

Kenyatta's Jubilee Party has pursued changes to the electoral law that the opposition says will make it more hard for the Supreme Court to nullify a presidential election and will reduce safeguards against electoral fraud.

The Kenyan Supreme Court nullified the results of the country's August presidential election, citing irregularities in the election.

"This ban, announced just two weeks ahead of a fraught repeat presidential election, is likely to become a basis for heavy-handed police crackdowns", said Michelle Kagari, a deputy regional director with Amnesty International.

Earlier, Mr Odinga told supporters that Kenya's election commission had "stonewalled meaningful deliberations" on reforms to ensure a credible vote.

Many observers agreed the 2007 election was deeply flawed, and it triggered politically motivated tribal violence that left more than 1,100 dead.

The article- Raila Odinga takes a gamble by threatening to boycott Kenya's election- quotes that Odinga's decision to withdraw from the repeat polls depended on threats of violence that he hopes his supporters will engage in to stop the repeat polls.

"We will continue with our demonstrations as planned across the country", said one of the coalition's leaders Moses Wetangula.

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Odinga, who successfully challenged the August 8 re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta last month, said the repeat poll should be canceled and a fresh election held after the election board has carried out reforms.

Bondo lawmaker Gideon Ochanda condemned the killings, saying the police should exercise restraint as they disperse the demonstrators.

"What we are demanding is that the electoral commission should respect the Supreme Court and carry out elections in accordance with the ruling, ".

"We can not go on this way".

The standoff over the elections has sparked demonstrations, but the numbers of protesters has tended to be in the hundreds rather than the thousands.

Police also used tear gas to break up small demonstrations in Kenya's three main cities, Kisumu, the capital and the port of Mombasa, which were held in defiance of a government ban on rallies in city centres.

Matiang'i said the ban was not meant to curtail the constitutional right to demonstrate but that it was agreed on after security authorities found that there was "imminent danger".

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