Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Kenya: Odinga's move to pull out of poll rerun, grab headlines

Kenya: Odinga's move to pull out of poll rerun, grab headlines

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.

The Supreme Court annulled the result of the original 8 August poll, which saw Uhuru Kenyatta declared victor, after finding irregularities.

Kenya's electoral authorities said on Wednesday they had not received formal notice that opposition leader Raila Odinga had quit the presidential race re-run set for October 26, so regarded all original candidates as still on the slate. "This Form is provided for by the Elections (General) Regulations." part of the statement read.

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.

11 de octubre de 2017, 14:50Nairobi, Oct 11 (Prensa Latina) An unavoidable outbreak of street violence shook this capital today, when followers of opposition leader Raila Odinga, who boycotted the coming elections, went out to the streets, demanding reforms to the electoral law.

The country was yet to recover from the effect of the Supreme Court ruling nullifying Uhuru Kenyatta's victory and order for a rerun.

In Nairobi police briefly used tear gas to disperse protesters who threw stones at passing cars. 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.

Odinga is counting on a ruling by the Supreme Court after 2013 elections - in which he failed to have the result overturned - which sought to clarify what happens if an election is invalidated.

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