Kenyan opposition leader drops out of election re-run with just two weeks to go

Raila Odinga says there's 'no intention' on part of Kenya's election commission to undertake changes before the vote

Tom Odula
Nairobi
Tuesday 10 October 2017 16:06
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Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga waves at supporters as he leaves the Supreme Court
Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga waves at supporters as he leaves the Supreme Court

Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga has withdrawn his candidacy for the fresh presidential election ordered by the country's Supreme Court, saying the election commission has not made the changes to avoid the "irregularities and illegalities" cited in the nullified August vote.

Odinga made the surprise announcement Tuesday. It was his legal challenge that led the court to nullify the 8 August election that President Uhuru Kenyatta won.

The court also ordered a new election, which is set for 26 October. It was the first time a court had overturned the results of a presidential election in Africa.

Odinga says "there's no intention" on the part of Kenya's election commission to undertake any changes before the vote.

He said the commission had "stonewalled" reforms the opposition had sought and wasted time in "public relations exercises" meant to create an impression of "motion without movement."

Among the reforms Odinga had demanded were the replacement of suppliers of equipment used to transmit election results and the replacement of electoral officials the opposition claimed were complicit in electoral fraud.

AP

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