Presidential election will go on, Kenya's Supreme Court rules

Presidential election will go on, Kenya's Supreme Court rules

Presidential election will go on, Kenya's Supreme Court rules

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.

Kenya's opposition chief Raila Odinga dramatic move to pull out of the October 26 presidential repeat polls, grabbed the attention of major dailies on Wednesday."What it means", screamed the headline of the Daily Nation which reported that the dramatic withdrawal of National Super Alliance (Nasa) presidential candidate Raila Odinga from the fresh election slated for October 26 has triggered confusion and sent jitters across the country and beyond.

Kenyatta, for his part, insists that the election re-run must go ahead.

Mr Odinga then surprised Kenyans on Tuesday by withdrawing from the fresh election, saying the electoral commission must be changed or the new vote risked having the same problems as the first one.

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The electoral body indicated that the NASA leader is yet to submit Form 24A supporting his decision to withdraw from the fresh presidential election as required by law.

Odinga has demanded deep reforms that the election commission (IEBC) says are impossible to deliver in the constitutionally mandated period.

In Odinga's western stronghold of Kisumu, thousands of protesters took to the street, blocking roads, setting heaps of tyres alight and engaging in running battles with police.

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However, the Supreme Court has previously ruled that only the petitioner and respondent in the case challenging the election outcome should stand in a rerun, and this decision is likely to stand.

The high court allowed the name of a minor candidate, Ekuru Aukot of the Thirdway Alliance Party, to join incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta on the ballot to ensure a credible election occurs.

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

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