Kenya opposition leader withdraws from fresh election


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Kenya's electoral commission said a rerun of the country's annulled presidential election will go ahead on October 26, and that opposition candidate Raila Odinga has yet to formally withdraw from the race. It was the first time a court had overturned the results of a presidential election in Africa, and the court ordered a new election, set for October 26.

The provision states: "A political party shall nominate its candidates for an election under this act at least ninety days before a general election under this Act in accordance with its constitution rules".

Odinga's legal challenge to President Uhuru Kenyatta's win in August led to the new election.

Odinga has withdrawn from the October 26 vote, saying the election commission has not made needed changes to avoid the "illegalities" cited in the nullified August vote.

In response, while speaking to supporters during a campaign rally in Kenya's Coast region Tuesday, Kenyatta said he hoped there would be an election on October 26.

Odinga withdrew from the fresh election saying the electoral commission must be changed.

Mr Odinga had called for countrywide protests to demand reforms to the commission ahead of the new election.

The IEBC released a statement that, "following the withdrawal of the NASA presidential candidate, the Commission and the legal team are meeting and will communicate the way forward". He alleged that vote results had been hacked into and manipulated.

Mr Kenyatta has said he does not want changes to the election commission. His Jubilee Party has instead has used its parliamentary majority to push for the changes to the electoral law.

The electoral drama continues in Kenya, after opposition leader Raila Odinga announced Tuesday that he and his NASA coalition would not be participating in the country's presidential polls later this month.

Mr Odinga has contested and lost the last three presidential elections in Kenya, sources confirm, each time, he has said the vote was rigged against him.