Kenya decides: Ralia Odinga withdraws from re-run election

Kenya decides: Ralia Odinga withdraws from re-run election

Kenya decides: Ralia Odinga withdraws from re-run election

Odinga lost the August 8 election to incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta, receiving 44 percent of the vote to Kenyatta's 54 percent - but the results were ultimately nullified by Kenya's Supreme Court, which found irregularities in the counting process.

IEBC sticks to what the Supreme court ordered and proceeds with the October 26 repeat election.

"It is clear that this provision gives adequate time to undertake the reforms necessary to conduct an election that is in strict conformity with the Constitution, the relevant laws and the Constitution", the leaders said. Taking all these issues into consideration, Odinga said his NASA coalition party was withdrawing from the election.

The IEBC would then go ahead and hold the election by printing the ballots with the Nasa candidate therein and supervise voting on October 26 and thereafter declare a victor.

His Jubilee Party has instead used its parliamentary majority to pass changes in the electoral law ahead of the October 26 that the opposition says are meant to make the transmission of results a manual process that has less safeguards against electoral fraud and makes it more hard for the Supreme Court to annul a presidential election.

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.

The only scenario that may be of considerable constitutional anxiety would be if the election is held anyway and the Nasa candidates wins despite having previously withdrawn from it.

The Nairobi-based court said the electoral board committed "irregularities and illegalities" during the vote, harming the integrity of the election.

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"We should not be debating about a free and fair election", he said, adding that a withdrawal is in the best interest of the country and a win-win for everyone. His deputy president, William Ruto, said shortly after Odinga's announcement that he respects Odinga's choice.

Kenyatta termed the decision a "judicial coup".

IEBC had on August 10 declared President Kenyatta victor of the August 8 elections with 54.27% against Odinga's 44.74% of the total votes cast.

The protests started after the electoral body announced incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta as the victor of the August 8 election.

Pundits agreed that east Africa's largest economy was staring at a new wave of political stalemate that bodes ill for Kenya's ability to remain stable and hasten economic growth.

"Following the withdrawal of the NASA presidential candidate, the commission and the legal team are meeting and will communicate way forward", the poll body said.

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

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