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KOT weigh in Odinga's withdrawal from repeat presidential poll

KOT weigh in Odinga's withdrawal from repeat presidential poll

Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga says he is pulling out of the October 26 rerun presidential polls, citing grievances with the electoral commission and President Uhuru Kenyatta's ruling party.

"We are ready to vote... we are ready for elections.it is democratic his right to participate or not", he said.

Atop the list of Nasa demands is the ouster of the IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba which has now morphed to include commissioners of the poll body but the tenures of the officials are protected by law and due process must be followed.

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.

In response, the election commission tweeted a letter it sent Tuesday to Odinga's opposition coalition saying "we have taken the necessary steps to guarantee the integrity of the fresh presidential elections".

In a related development, President Uhuru Kenyatta and deputy President William Ruto on Tuesday voiced strong support for amendments to Kenya's electoral laws, to fill the gaps identified by Kenya's Supreme Court when it annulled the August 8 Presidential elections.

"We believe that all will be best served by NASA vacating its presidential candidature in the election".

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Parties must now nominate presidential candidates afresh. He said it had become clear there was "no intention" by the IEBC to undertake any meaningful reform, and claimed it had wasted time...

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The election commission said on Twitter it was meeting with its legal team and "will communicate way forward".

"Moreover, these profound changes to the electoral architecture are being pushed through without the broad-based consultations as required by the Constitution". A majority found so many irregularities, they said the elections did not meet the threshold set out by the constitution.

Odinga is now preparing to jet out to the United Kingdom to give a lecture on the prevailing political situation in the country.

Odinga's opposition alliance is threatening to boycott the October vote unless the electoral board changes some personnel - a stance he declined on Monday to clarify, in comments that suggested he was keeping his options open for now.