Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Raila Odinga pulls out of Kenya Presidential election rerun, Kenyatta says the election will still hold

Raila Odinga, Kenyan opposition leader, has pulled out of the presidential rerun elections slated for 26 October.

Odinga, in a statement, said the decision was made considering the interests of the people of Kenya, BBC reports.

He said:
After deliberating on our position in respect of the upcoming election, considering the interests of the people of Kenya, the region and the world at large, we believe that all will be best served by the party vacating its presidential candidature in the election scheduled for 26 October 2017.
Raila Odinga, a former Prime Minister, had ran against Kenyatta, the incumbent, at the August 8 elections.

Kenyatta had won  defeating Odinga, his closest rival, by about 1.4 million votes.

The Kenyan Supreme Court had declared the election invalid due to irregularities committed by the election board.

Since the annulment, Odinga and his National Super Alliance coalition (NASA) have been demanding the removal of top managers of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and a change of suppliers of polling materials and technology.

Meanwhile, Kenyatta has said the re-run election would go ahead as planned on October 26, even though Odinga said he was withdrawing.

“We have no problem going back to elections. We are sure we will get more votes than the last time,” Kenyatta told a rally in the southern town of Voi, speaking in Kiswahili.

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