Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Kenya opposition leader Raila Odinga fails to disrupt election

Kenya opposition leader Raila Odinga fails to disrupt election

There is widespread anger, however, after parliament on Wednesday passed the new law, which says if one candidate withdraws, then the other automatically wins the presidency.

"It is the commission's position that the candidates for the fresh presidential election scheduled for October 26, 2017 shall include all the eight candidates who participated in the 8th August presidential election", part of the statement read.

National Super Alliance (NASA) presidential candidate Raila Odinga has not withdrawn from the race, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has said.

The Supreme Court last month rejected the August election in which Mr Kenyatta was declared the victor after Mr Odinga challenged the results, saying hackers infiltrated the electoral commission's computer system to manipulate the vote in Mr Kenyatta's favour.

In Nairobi on Wednesday, Odinga said election officials stalled on actions, "creating an illusion of motion without movement".

However, the crowd later dispersed peacefully after speeches from opposition leaders, helped along by the first heavy rainfall of the season.

Mr Kenyatta, who called the Supreme Court judges "crooks" after their ruling, has said he does not want changes to the election commission. Honorable Raila Odinga and his running mate sent a letter dated 10 October 2017 indicating that they had made a decision to withdraw from the fresh Presidential election.

Protest violence immediately after the August election left 37 people dead, mostly at the hands of police, according to a Kenyan rights group.

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

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.

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