Odinga Withdraws From Kenya’s Election Rerun

FILE PHOTO: Opposition leader Raila Odinga speaks during a news conference at the offices of the National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition in Nairobi, Kenya August 16, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya/File Photo

BEVERLY HILLS, October 10, (THEWILL) – Raila Odinga, Kenya’s opposition leader, has withdrawn from the country’s election rerun slated for October 26.

Explaining his decision to pull out of the rerun, Odinga said Kenya’s electoral commission has not made any changes to avoid the “irregularities and illegalities” prevalent in the cancelled poll.

THEWILL recalls that Kenya’s presidential election was in August nullified by the country’s Supreme Court, owing to reported cases of irregularities making history as it was the first time a court had overturned the result of a presidential election in Africa.

Prior to the annulment, incumbent president Uhuru Kenyatta had been declared winner of the election but Kenya’s Supreme Court had said it was “neither transparent nor verifiable”.

Odinga urged Kenyans to flood the streets on Wednesday to clamour for a reform of the country’s electoral process saying he would not participate without the reforms.

“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,” he said.

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