Raila Odinga pulls out of Kenya Presidential Elections Rerun


Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga withdrew Tuesday from a re-run of the presidential election in the latest twist to a political saga that has plunged the nation into uncertainty.

Kenya is due on October 26 to repeat a presidential election after the Supreme Court nullified an August 8 vote due to procedural irregularities.

NASA has repeatedly called for reforms to be made to the country's Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) due to "irregularities and illegalities" in the first vote. "We deem that the fresh election ordered by the Supreme Court can not, therefore, be held".

The court then ordered the election be rerun on October 26. "A number of the officials of the commission should be sent home, some of them should be investigated for the heinous crimes they committed".

President Uhuru Kenyatta can not be declared only candidate following the move by NASA's Raila Odinga to withdraw from the fresh election.

While annulling the election in August, Kenya's supreme court had said it was "neither transparent or verifiable".

Kenyans vote in presidential election with Kenyatta and Odinga the main challengers.

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On its part, the Jubilee administration's proposed amendment to the election laws demonstrates that it has no intention of competition on a level playing field. He said the order lacked adequate scrutiny of the forms used to tally votes and warned it could unleash judicial chaos in the east African country.

The opposition had said the elections had been fraught with irregularities despite electoral observers calling it free and fair.

The development is likely to see Kenya turning into another Zimbabwe as the outgoing President, Uhuru Kenyatta has declared he is going ahead with or without Odinga.

Thirty-seven people - including three children - were killed in violence that followed the announcement of Kenya's August 8 general election results, a human rights group announced in a new report released Monday, APA reports quoting Anadolu Agency.

Kenyan police lobbed tear gas at opposition supporters who protested around the country on Monday to demand a reform of the election commission before new polls are held later this month.

On Monday, witnesses say three people were seriously wounded during opposition demonstrations for changes to Kenya's electoral commission.

Kenya introduced electronic transmission of results in the 2013 elections to curb rigging after the flawed polls of 2007 sparked off ethnic violence that left more than 1,000 people dead and 600,000 evicted from their homes.