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Odinga gives six reasons for withdrawal

Odinga gives six reasons for withdrawal

Kenya opposition leader, Odinga had announced his withdrawal from the presidential re-run elections scheduled for October 26.

National Super Alliance (NASA) leader Raila Odinga has withdrawn from the October 26 fresh presidential election.

Other than the electoral changes by their counterparts in the Jubilee Government, the NASA coalition is opposed to the continued stay of several Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) officials, AL Ghurair, the firm that printed the ballot papers, among other contentious issues.

Odinga said in a press conference that the electoral commission had stonewalled meaningful deliberations on the necessary reforms that would have ensured that the upcoming election was free and fair.

The Nairobi-based court said the electoral board committed "irregularities and illegalities" during the vote, harming the integrity of the election.

If president Kenyatta is declared to have won that fresh election, then he would be sworn in for the second term unless another petition is filed.

On its part, the Jubilee administration's proposed amendment to the election laws demonstrates that it has no intention of competition on a level playing field.

The Kenyan National Commission for Human Rights said on Monday it documented that 37 people, including a six-months-old baby, were killed during three days of protests immediately after the August polls.

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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 said the order lacked adequate scrutiny of the forms used to tally votes and warned it could unleash judicial chaos in the east African country.

The opposition leader said Tuesday that because their demands were not met, they would not go through with reelections.

"We are ready to vote... we are ready for elections.it is democratic his right to participate or not", he said.

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.

On Monday, opposition protests were held in Nairobi, Machakos, Kisumu, Homa Bay, Kakamega and Mombasa counties.

His withdrawal comes weeks after his opponent Uhuru Kenyatta threatened to "fix" the judiciary who nullified the latter's election win.

His announcement left Kenyans consumed by confusion.