Kenya Election Raila Odinga pulls out of repeat presidential election-Here is what happened

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Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga announced on Tuesday that he has withdrawn from the re-run of the presidential election, saying electoral officials had failed to make necessary reforms.

play Opposition leader Raila Odinga speaks at a news conference at the offices of the National Super (Quartz)
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Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga has withdrawn from the country's October 26 repeat presidential election.

Last month, Kenya's Supreme Court overturned the August election of President Uhuru Kenyatta citing “irregularities” in the counting of results.

Mr Odinga on Tuesday announced that his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka will also not take part in the repeat election.

“After deliberating on our position in respect of the upcoming election, considering the interests of the people of Kenya, the region and the world at large, we believe that all will be best served by Nasa vacating its presidential candidature in the election scheduled for 26 October 2017," said Mr Odinga.

According to him NASA has been calling for a free and fair election to be held in conformity with the Constitution.

“We have come to the conclusion that there is no intention from IEBC to make sure that the irregularities and illegalities witnessed before do not happen again,” he said.

Mr Odinga has also accused the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) of “stonewalling” deliberations to have a credible repeat election.

“We have come to the conclusion that there is no intention on the part of the IEBC to undertake any changes to its operations and personnel to ensure that the “illegalities and irregularities” that led to the invalidation of the 8th August 2008 do not happen again.

"All indications are that the election scheduled for 26 October will be worse than the previous one”, he stated.