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Kenya: Odinga's move to pull out of poll rerun, grab headlines

Kenya: Odinga's move to pull out of poll rerun, grab headlines

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Odinga's exit from the poll is just the latest manifestation of a political crisis that has rocked the country since the Constitutional Court annulled incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta's victory in August.

"Uncertainty as Raila withdraws from Oct 26 poll", reported the Star newspaper which pointed out that opposition chief Raila Odinga on Tuesday dramatically withdrew from the presidential rerun and cited a 2013 Supreme Court ruling to scuttle the October 26 vote.

"The Commission can not compel a candidate to participate in an election".

He said the commission had "stonewalled meaningful deliberations" on reforms to ensure the election is credible, and warned that the upcoming vote could be more badly run than the first one.

He told supporters: "There is nowhere the constitution says Raila Amollo Odinga has to be on the ballot".

Odinga's team claims its withdrawal requires the IEBC to cancel the election and conduct fresh nominations, which should take place at least 90 days before a general election.

Mr Odinga had called for countrywide protests to demand reforms to the commission ahead of the new election.

Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga, the leader of the National Super Alliance, said he's pulling out of the race because the Independent Electoral & Boundaries Commission refused to discuss proposed changes to the authority's personnel and procedures to ensure the vote is free and fair.

The IEBC released a statement that, "following the withdrawal of the NASA presidential candidate, the Commission and the legal team are meeting and will communicate the way forward". His Jubilee Party has instead used its parliamentary majority to push for changes in the electoral law ahead of the October 26 vote.

- According to the IEBC, the lack of the form 24A consequently invalidated Raila's withdrawal.

Mr Odinga has contested and lost the last three presidential elections in Kenya, sources confirm, each time, he has said the vote was rigged against him.


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