Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
World News | By Carolyn Briggs

Kenya election will go ahead despite Raila Odinga's withdrawal - President Kenyatta

Kenya election will go ahead despite Raila Odinga's withdrawal - President Kenyatta

Opposition leader Raila Odinga reiterated that he would not take part in a re-run of the presidential election on October 26 if his demands are not met.

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.

Last month, the Supreme Court nullified incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta's win.

The court then ordered the election be rerun on October 26.

"We have come to the conclusion that there is no intention from IEBC to make sure that the irregularities and illegalities witnessed before do not happen again", Odinga told reporters. "A number of the officials of the commission should be sent home, some of them should be investigated for the heinous crimes they committed".

The protesters want to warn ruling party lawmakers not to pass an amendment to the election law that would limit the circumstances in which the Supreme Court could void an election on procedural grounds, opposition lawmaker James Orengo said.

Kenyatta was re-elected with 54.3% of votes, ahead of his rival Raila Odinga, with 44.7%.

August 19: Opposition files petition with Supreme Court.

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NASA's main bone of contention is anchored on the electoral changes that were being debated by Parliament.

During a press conference in Nairobi, he said he could not be sure that the October 26 poll would be free, fair and credible so he dropped out.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga and his supporters have turned their ire on the election board for its role in the canceled poll.

A human rights watchdog has said that 37 people were killed after Kenya's August elections, and all but two of the cases were caused by "excessive" force by police.

. "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".

The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) released the 261-page report dubbed "Mirage at Dusk" on Kenya's contested August 8 elections amid daily anti-electoral protests by opposition supporters.

Violence flared across the country during the first election, with 24 people killed in political riots.

But Odinga challenged the outcome of the elections, accusing IEBC of organising what he called a shambolic election "in a manner that violated constitutional and legal provisions".

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