Kenya’s opposition leader, Raila Odinga has withdrawn from the presidential re-run elections scheduled for Oct. 26 in the East African country.
Odinga made this known at a news conference in Nairobi on Tuesday.
He said he took the decision simply because his demands for reforms in the electoral process are yet to be met in the buil-up to the election.
Recall that Kenya’s Supreme Court nullified the result of the Aug. 8 Presidential election due to Odinga’s complaints that the computers of the electoral commission have been hacked to give victory to incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta, while a re-run of the polls was scheduled for October 26, 2017.
According to the initial results announced on August 11 2017, President Kenyatta won a second term with 54 per cent of the votes and was closely followed by Odinga with 44.7 per cent.
Since the annulment, Odinga and his National Super Alliance coalition (NASA) have been demanding the removal of top managers of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and a change of suppliers of polling materials and technology.