Odinga gives six reasons for withdrawal

Odinga gives six reasons for withdrawal

Odinga gives six reasons for withdrawal

Kenya's main opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) will not participate in a presidential election re-run ordered by the country's Supreme Court.

It was a legal challenge by Raila Odinga that prompted the Supreme Court to nullify the results of the August 8 election, won by incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta, citing irregularities.

The decision was announced by its leader and former Prime Minister, Raila Odinga, on Tuesday afternoon.

But lawyers for President Uhuru Kenyatta are pointing to regulations that say if there are only two candidates and one drops out after nominations, the remaining candidate is the victor.

He highlighted six reasons why NASA withdrew from the race. People are asking why is it that you go to court, the court rules in your favour and you come and withdraw from the election, and this election has been set because of the petition that you have filed.

"We are going back to the ballot knowing very well we won the presidential election but we are doing it to ensure that peace prevails in the country", the President assured. Many Kenyans know that the election of August 8 was free and fair.

"We are sure we will get more votes than the last time", Kenyatta told a rally in the southern town of Voi, speaking in Kiswahili.

"All indications are that the election scheduled for 26 October will be worse than the previous one", Odinga said.

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"What Odinga wanted was at first extensive reforms at the electon commission".

Odinga also wants independent worldwide experts to be engaged to manage the entire ICT framework of the elections, with close supervision of the candidates' agents and the IEBC.

Observers say Odinga has also not shown keen interest on the campaign trail as he vigorously did ahead of the August 8 polls.

He vowed that until their demands are met, there will be demonstrations every Monday and Friday, and they will not be ready for the October 26 election re-run.

Al Jazeera's Catherine Soi, reporting from Nairobi, said the opposition has been saying they will not just be boycotting the elections but there will be no elections.

Last week, the IEBC told Odinga that they can not meet his demands due to tight timelines and binding legal contracts.

During a press conference in Nairobi, he said he could not be sure that the October 26 poll would be free, fair and credible so he dropped out.

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