Plunging Kenya Into Crisis, Opposition Leader Drops Out Of Presidential Race

Sophia Abdi Noor

Sophia Abdi Noor

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

The Supreme Court issues days later a detailed judgement lambasting the IEBC for failing to properly conduct the election.

The now-nullified results had put president Uhuru Kenyatta in the lead with over 54.2% of the vote compared to Odinga's 44.7%-a margin of 1.4 million votes.

Angry protests occurred a few days after in opposition strongholds across the country but peace returned when Raila Odinga said he was taking the results to court instead. "All indications are that the election scheduled for 26 October will be worse than the previous one", Odinga told a press conference in Nairobi.

On Sept. 1, Kenya's Supreme Court annulled the results of the August 8 presidential polls where the incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the victor.

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"Our withdrawal from the election requires the IEBC to cancel the election and to conduct fresh nominations", he said.

"The only election Jubilee is interested in is one that it must win, even unlawfully", said Odinga.

This time around, isolated protests erupted after Odinga accused the election commission of rigging the poll in favour of incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta.

But Mr Kenyatta, speaking at a rally in the southern town of Voi, said: "We have no problem going back to elections".

The presidential candidate whose petition claiming the recent presidential elections were unfair was upheld by the Supreme Court suddenly withdrew his name from the reelection ballot on Tuesday, sending the do-over election into chaos.

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While the beleaguered IEBC has said it has tried to reform its procedures, this has not been enough to placate the opposition, which demanded the firing of top officials and the contracting of new companies to print tallying forms and run the vote counting technology.

Mr Odinga has threatened to boycott the poll if changes are not made to the staffing of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and the companies supplying election materials.

In response, the election commission said on Twitter that it was meeting with its legal team and "will communicate way forward".

The protesters want to warn ruling party lawmakers not to pass an amendment to the election law that would limit the circumstances in which the Supreme Court could void an election on procedural grounds, opposition lawmaker James Orengo said.

Kenyatta won the August 8 vote by a margin of 1.4 million votes over Odinga.

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