Kenya's opposition candidate has withdrawn from the election rerun

President Uhuru Raila Engage Each other on Twitter

Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga on Tuesday withdrew from presidential rerun slated for October 26.

Raila Odinga said the election commission has not made the necessary changes to avoid the "irregularities and illegalities" cited in the nullified August vote.

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.

The court then ordered the election be rerun on October 26.

His Jubilee Party has instead used its parliamentary majority to pass changes in the electoral law ahead of the October 26 that the opposition says are meant to make the transmission of results a manual process that has less safeguards against electoral fraud and makes it more hard for the Supreme Court to annul a presidential election.

We at NASA [the National Super Alliance] have insisted that the fresh election ordered be held to the standard ordered by the Supreme Court, that is, in strict conformity with the Constitution and written law.

Kenyatta said he was not deterred by Odinga's decision.

August 19: Opposition files petition with Supreme Court.


Since then Odinga has issued several demands, including calling for the ouster of a top elections official and an audit of the elections servers, which he argued had been hacked.

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

The government-backed Kenya National Commission on Human Rights said on Monday in a report that at least 37 people had been killed in a police crackdown on protests that immediately followed the August vote - the highest death toll given so far.

The development is likely to see Kenya turning into another Zimbabwe as the outgoing President, Uhuru Kenyatta has declared he is going ahead with or without Odinga.

"We will only participate in an election where we know the outcome will be free and fair", Orengo told the opposition supporters.

He believes Mr. Odinga should have used the constitutional channel to get the reforms he wanted and not to play to the gallery.

Odinga has called for protests on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

The election has plunged Kenya into its worst political crisis since a disputed poll in 2007, which led to violence that left more than 1,100 people died.

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