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October 26 repeat poll is unstoppable, says President Kenyatta

11 October 2017
October 26 repeat poll is unstoppable, says President Kenyatta

The main opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) party led By Raila Odinga is holding weekly protests calling for reforms at the Independent Electoral And Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

IEBC sticks to what the Supreme court ordered and proceeds with the October 26 repeat election.

It stated that candidates in the fresh election would only be President Uhuru Kenyatta and Mr Odinga.

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

The opposition cited the Supreme Court ruling saying it found illegalities and irregularities in the presidential elections held on August 8.

"The only election Jubilee is interested in is one that it must win, even unlawfully", he said, referring to Kenyatta's party.

But Mr Kenyatta says he is ready to proceed with the new vote as planned.

The opposition leader said Tuesday that because their demands were not met, they would not go through with reelections.

If president Kenyatta is declared to have won that fresh election, then he would be sworn in for the second term unless another petition is filed.

Raila Odinga has pulled out of a presidential election re-run barely two weeks before it was due to take place, prompting fears of a constitutional crisis and further clashes between protesters and police.

His Jubilee Party has instead used its parliamentary majority to push for changes in the electoral law ahead of the October 26 vote.

The Standard reported four possible outcomes - the IBEC can immediately declare Kenyatta the sole candidate and victor; the opposition could ask the Supreme Court for another vote, the court could allow a fringe candidate, Ekuru Aukot, to enter the race, or the October 26 election could go on as planned.

Pundits agreed that east Africa's largest economy was staring at a new wave of political stalemate that bodes ill for Kenya's ability to remain stable and hasten economic growth.

The electoral commission tweeted that they were meeting with their legal team and "will communicate the way forward".

The opposition is threatening to boycott the October 26 re-run if election board officials are not removed and if parliament passes a proposed amendment to the election law.

According to figures released by IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati, the incumbent garnered 8,203,290 votes while Odinga managed 6,762,224 votes.