Kenyan Opposition Leader Odinga Withdraws from Presidential Re-Run Election

Kenyan Opposition Leader Odinga Withdraws from Presidential Re-Run Election

Kenyan Opposition Leader Odinga Withdraws from Presidential Re-Run Election

Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga said on Tuesday he would not take part in the court-ordered re-run of the presidential vote scheduled to take place on October 26.

Odinga announced he was quitting the October 26 election, telling reporters in Nairobi that he felt the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission had refused to reform.

"All indications are that the election scheduled for October 26 will be worse than the previous one", Odinga told reporters Tuesday in the capital, Nairobi.

Kenyatta was displeased with the Supreme Court's ruling calling them crooks.

The now-nullified results had put president Uhuru Kenyatta in the lead with over 54.2% of the vote compared to Odinga's 44.7%-a margin of 1.4 million votes.

Leaning on a 2013 ruling by the Supreme Court, the opposition said that if a candidate withdraws, then the IEBC is required to conduct fresh nominations for the presidency.

Last month, Kenya's Supreme Court voided the August 8 presidential election, citing irregularities, but did not criticize any specific individual at the election board.

In Nairobi, more than 3,000 protesters held demonstrations at the electoral commission headquarters while carrying placards saying "No Reforms, No elections".

"The only election Jubilee is interested in is one that it must win, even unlawfully", said Odinga.

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.

"We will only participate in an election where we know the outcome will be free and fair", Orengo told the opposition supporters.

"We wish to reiterate what we have stated in the past that we will not allow autocracy back into Kenya", Odinga said.

As doubts grow over Kenya's ability to hold a rerun of its presidential election, the French biometrics firm OT-Morpho that provides the electronic voting system says on September 18 it will not be ready in time.

Kenyatta termed the decision a "judicial coup".

On Tuesday, Odinga said the electoral agency had squandered an opportunity to undertake institutional and personnel changes in consultation with major players in the repeat presidential race.

NASA leaders Moses Wetang'ula (Ford Kenya), Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper) and Raila Odinga (ODM) at the Supreme Court, August 28, 2017.

The commission will thereafter communicate the way forward.

According to figures released by IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati, the incumbent garnered 8,203,290 votes while Odinga managed 6,762,224 votes.

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