Raila withdraws from Kenya’s fresh presidential poll

Written By: Margaret Kalekye/Agencies
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Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga has pulled out of October’s election re-run.

The National Super Alliance leader said there was no good will from electoral body IEBC to implement the necessary changed to deliver a credible election.

“We have come to the conclusion that there is no intention on the part of the IEBC to undertake any changes to its operations and personnel to ensure that the “illegalities and irregularities” that led to the invalidation of the 8th August 2008 do not happen again. All indications are that the election scheduled for 26 October will be worse than the previous one,” he said.

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Flanked by his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka , Raila also took on the Jubilee administration for amending the election laws to favour them “ On its part, Jubilee administration’s proposed amendment to the election laws demonstrates that it has no intention of competition on a level playing field. The only election Jubilee administration is interested is in one that it must win, even unlawfully”

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The Supreme Court annulled the result of the original 8 August poll after finding irregularities and declaring it “neither transparent nor verifiable”.

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The electoral commission had declared incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta the winner.

It said Mr Kenyatta had won by a margin of 1.4 million votes.

As a result, he said, “considering the interests of the people of Kenya, the region and the world at large” it was best that he withdrew from the race.

The opposition party has previously made clear its participation in the election was contingent on reforms being made.

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It believes the election will have to be cancelled as a result of Mr Odinga’s withdrawal, allowing “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 government has previously said the election will be held as usual and the president will be sworn in.

Mr Odinga has also called on his supporters to protest on Wednesday, using the slogan “no reform, no elections”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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