Kenya opposition leader Raila Odinga fails to disrupt election


The amendment was heavily criticised by the opposition, whose legislators boycotted the vote after its leader Raila Odinga on Tuesday, withdrew from a repeat presidential vote scheduled for October 26, citing concerns over fairness and transparency. Honorable Raila Odinga and his running mate sent a letter dated 10 October 2017 indicating that they had chose to withdraw from the fresh Presidential election.

The court elevated Aukot, who ran in the August election, to the level of major candidate in the October vote to preserve the constitutional mandate of an election.

The Supreme Court annulled the result of the original 8 August poll, which saw Uhuru Kenyatta declared victor, after finding irregularities. "The Raila shocker, which could push the repeat election to March 2018, threw Kenyan politics into uncertainty", reported the daily.

"I find nothing to bar the petitioner from contesting the fresh election", said Justice John Mativo.

"We have said and we continue to say that we will not participate in the elections if the environment is not conducive for a free and fair election", Odinga said.

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In Nairobi on Wednesday, Odinga said election officials stalled on actions, "creating an illusion of motion without movement".

IEBC says that Odinga was yet to submit a dully filled statutory Form 24A that a candidate is required to fill for him to withdraw from the presidential race.

According to the Commission, all the candidates will be included in the gazette notice which already has the two main candidates President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga.

IEBC maintained that the repeat election would go on as planned even as the opposition insists a new presidential election must be conducted within 90 days preceded by fresh party nominations.