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Presidential election will go on, Kenya's Supreme Court rules

12 October 2017, 12:14 | Devin Moran

Presidential election will go on, Kenya's Supreme Court rules

Raila Jubilee Using

The Kenyan parliament passed a controversial amendment to it's election laws on Wednesday.

"It is the commission's position that the candidates for the fresh presidential election scheduled for October 26, 2017 shall include all the eight candidates who participated in the 8th August presidential election", part of the statement read.

Commission says it is closely monitoring the political situation in Kenya including the decision by NASA leader Raila Odinga to withdraw from the fresh presidential election.

On Tuesday Mr Odinga said that he was pulling out, accusing the election commission of failing to deliver reforms.

The electoral commission is expected to announce the way forward on Wednesday.




To maintain pressure, his opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition called supporters to the street, saying protests would take place every day from next week.

The country was yet to recover from the effect of the Supreme Court ruling nullifying Uhuru Kenyatta's victory and order for a rerun. Protesters threw stones and were met with police tear gas.

"Six tough options after Raila pull out", reported the Standard newspaper which pointed out that Odinga's surprise move and demands for fresh race in 90 days deepens country's political crisis even as Jubilee insists that October 26 poll will go on as planned. However, the process quickly turned sour, with attacks by Kenyatta on the judiciary.

The high court allowed the name of a minor candidate, Ekuru Aukot of the Thirdway Alliance Party, to join incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta on the ballot to ensure a credible election occurs.

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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