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IEBC Insists Raila Still in Presidential Race

Raila Odinga

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has said the Kenyan opposition leader, Raila Odinga is still in the presidential race slated for October 26th 2017.

Mr. Odinga in a written statement declared his withdrawal from the race on Tuesday accusing the electoral body of failing to conduct fresh nominations among others.

However on Wednesday evening, IEBC issued a statement saying that Raila has not fulfilled the requirements of withdrawal and hence is still a candidate and his name is going to appear on the ballot.

“We note that the Rt. Hon. Raila Odinga and his running mate sent a letter dated 10th October 2017 indicating that they had decided to withdraw from the fresh presidential election,” part of the statement said.

The IEBC statement immediately added that any registered candidate planning to withdraw should submit Form 24A to complete the process.

“They have not submitted the statutory Form 24A. The law allows a candidate to withdraw his or her candidature by delivering to the Commission a duly signed Form 24A provide by the Elections (General) Regulations,” IEBC added.

The Supreme Court of Kenya in early September nullified the reelection of President Uhuru Kenyatta for the second term in a ruling that favored Odinga.

On Wednesday security engaged in running battles with protestors calling for election reforms.

Odinga and his supporters want the current Commission that conducted the cancelled election in August, to be disbanded and a new one constituted. On the other hand, Kenyatta and his supporters are confident that current Commission is capable of holding fresh elections and earlier mistakes have already been addressed by Supreme Court recommendations.

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