Kenya decides: Ralia Odinga withdraws from re-run election

Lamu Nasa supporters led by former Woman Rep Shakila Abdalla hold their first anti-iebc demos on the island

Lamu Nasa supporters led by former Woman Rep Shakila Abdalla hold their first anti-iebc demos on the island

Kenya's main opposition leader announced Tuesday that he would not contest the rerun of the presidential election, set for October 26, casting doubts on the legitimacy of the vote process.

Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga announced Tuesday that he will withdraw from this month's presidential election rerun, despite having successfully challenged President Uhuru Kenyatta's claimed win in court.

The Supreme Court nullified President Uhuru Kenyatta's August re-election citing illegalities in the August 8 vote and the electoral commission's refusal to allow scrutiny of its computer system. "A number of the officials of the commission should be sent home, some of them should be investigated for the heinous crimes they committed".

Mr Odinga said his withdrawal would give the electoral commission enough time to introduce reforms that will help deliver a more credible election.

Kenya opposition leader Raila Odinga has withdrawn his candidacy for the fresh presidential election ordered by the country's Supreme Court.

Based on the Supreme Court's decision, Kenyatta can not run alone on the ballot or be sworn in automatically, said Ndungu Wainaina, executive director of the International Center for Policy and Conflict.

The U.S. government says it is "deeply concerned" about the political environment in Kenya as police and protesters clashed ahead of its presidential re-election on October 26.

The court also ordered a new election, which is set for October 26.

He also placed blame upon Kenyatta's administration for proposing amendments to electoral law that he said "go against worldwide best practice that in the middle of an elections contest one can not change the rules and put in place rules that seek to favor him".

The demonstrators were led by opposition politician James Orengo who said they will not back down in their demands for electoral body reforms.

On its part, the Jubilee administration's proposed amendment to the election laws demonstrates that it has no intention of competition on a level playing field.

"This a statement of withdrawal from the forthcoming election of Rt".

But lawyers for President Uhuru Kenyatta are pointing to regulations that say if there are only two candidates and one drops out after nominations, the remaining candidate is the victor.

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.

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