Aukot confirms participation in Oct 26th poll

Thirdway Alliance Kenya presidential candidate Dr. Ekuru Aukot confirmed his participation in the October 26th fresh election.

Dr Aukot also in his announcement dropped his opposition to inclusion of all eight candidates in the fresh election.

Dr. Aukot on Saturday also said the poll will continue with or without Nasa leader Raila Odinga who dramatically withdrew on Wednesday and demanded a new election 90 days after fresh nominations.

“After our meeting with the IEBC Friday, we are somewhat convinced that the IEBC had addressed some of the issues pointed out by the Supreme Court as the illegalities and irregularities in the August 8 elections,” said Dr Aukot, pegging his satisfaction as “not 100 per cent”, but one he said was to give the commission the benefit of doubt.

In a lengthy statement, Dr. Aukot described his candidature as the “only alternative change Kenya needs now”.

Dr Aukot regretted the current political environment which he said has adversely affected the country’s economy.

He also accused the government of being irresponsible in regards to handling the current political situation.

The presidential candidate in the same breath called on Jubilee party leaders as well as NASA coalition leaders to put the country first despite their deep rooted ideological differences.

Aukot who was accompanied by his running mate Emmanuel Nzai however said that the electoral body, IEBC, should undergo reforms to ensure that mistakes that led to the nullification of the August 8 presidential election are not repeated.

He asked Kenyans to vote for a man he said would empathise with them on the deteriorating health sector, uphold the rule of law, steer the recovery of the economy, which he said was “in the Intensive Care Unit”, and one he said had an alternative political message, different from the old order.

This comes barely a week after Aukot was allowed to run for the highest seat in the land following a High Court ruling that saw him included in the repeat election slated for October 26th 2017.

In a ruling delivered by Justice John Mativo, the court further directed the electoral body IEBC, to amend the gazette notice and include him as a candidate in the repeat poll.


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