Kenya opposition leader Raila Odinga fails to disrupt election

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Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga were due to face off in a repeat election later this month after the Supreme Court annulled an August ballot - in which the president Kenyatta was declared the victor - due to election irregularities and ordered the election to be conducted within 60 days.

The House, presided over by Deputy Speaker Moses Cheboi, passed the amendment barely a day after Raila Odinga, the National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition presidential candidate announced that he and his running mate were withdrawing from a repeat of the presidential elections.

According to Magaya, the requirement for one to sign Form 24A does not apply in the context of the election at hand.


"We have said and we continue to say that we will not participate in the elections if the environment is not conducive for a free and fair election", Odinga said.

He says his withdrawal legally forces election officials to begin the entire process from scratch - a move that leaves more time for his reform demands to be met.

However, the crowd later dispersed peacefully after speeches from opposition leaders, helped along by the first heavy rainfall of the season. Honorable Raila Odinga and his running mate sent a letter dated 10 October 2017 indicating that they had made a decision to withdraw from the fresh Presidential election.


Mr Kenyatta, who called the Supreme Court judges "crooks" after their ruling, has said he does not want changes to the election commission. The Supreme Court had ordered for a rerun between Raila Odinga and Uhuru Kenyatta.

The decision was held up as an opportunity to deepen Kenyan democracy.

IEBC maintained that the repeat election would go on as planned even as the opposition insists a new presidential election must be conducted within 90 days preceded by fresh party nominations.


Tension between Kenyatta's ruling Jubilee Party and Odinga's opposition party have risen since the initial August election.

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