Kenya

Odinga Quits Repeat Presidential Election

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Raila Odinga

National Super Alliance (NASA) flag-bearer Raila Odinga has withdrawn his candidature in the October 26 repeat presidential elections.

Odinga announced Tuesday that his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka will also not take part in the election.

According to a statement released by NASA, the decision was reached “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 Nasa vacating its presidential candidature in the election scheduled for 26 October 2017.”

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Kenya’s Supreme Court voided the result of the August 8 vote on September 1, citing “irregularities and illegalities” after Odinga, the defeated opposition leader, appealed against the re-election of incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta.

Kenyatta, had beaten Odinga by 54 percent to 45 percent.

While meeting leaders from Kajiado, a county in Kenya on Monday, Odinga had assured them that “change is on the way. Change is coming to Kenya this time round.”

However, announcing his withdrawal, Odinga said that as NASA they have realised there was no intention of IEBC, Kenya’s electoral commission — to conduct an election that respects the Kenyan Constitution.

“We have come to the conclusion that there is no intention from IEBC to make sure that the irregularities and illegalities witnessed before do not happen again,” he said.

“All indications are that the election scheduled for 26 October will be worse than the previous one.”

Odinga has also called on people to protest on Wednesday, using the slogan “no reform, no elections”.

 


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