Kenyan president says repeat election must be held within set time

Frederick Owens
September 24, 2017

"Mr Ruto lives in denial".

The court ruled that the country must hold the election by the end of October.

"We are here again and I am sure we are going to resolve these issues". It was won by the incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta.

"Ruto basically suffers from amnesia", said Odinga.

According to Nairobi-based writer and political analyst Nanjala Nyabola, these procedures are important because they were put into place due to other electoral crises over the years.

Immediately following the court's surprise September 1 ruling to annul the vote, Kenyatta had called for calm and respect for the ruling.

The only politicians who spoke were Jubilee governors Ferdinand Waititu (Kiambu), Anne Waiguru (Kirinyaga) and Joyce Laboso (Bomet) as well as Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja. "In a democratic and free nation, where citizens' rights are to be respected, we are now being told their will doesn't matter".

"We will follow the constitution". He was, he said, "prepared to pay the ultimate price to protect the constitution".

The Supreme Court has ordered a re-run of the elections which must be held before 1 November.

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Odinga has said that he would boycott a repeat vote scheduled for October 17 unless the government responded to his demands, including the sacking of some staff at the electoral commission.

Odinga was also asked to comment on global observers, like Ghanaian President John Mahama, who initially stated that the elections were credible.

He said the Cabinet had approved the budget for fresh elections, expected to cost some 10 billion shillings ($96 million).

While not rejecting the new date outright, Mr Odinga protested that he had not consulted.

It was leaving the computer system and its data untouched to enable a possible external audit, in the light of the disputed outcome, it said. With every passing day, it is getting clear that the conditions will not be met and so there will be no elections.

Raila aso faulted Uhuru whom he claims is taking the country on a downhill path.

After election results were nullified and deemed irregular last month, Kenya has pushed back fresh presidential elections until October 26, officials said Tuesday.

When Justice Mwilu stumbled at times reading the judgment, Twitter flooded with posts from Kenyatta supporters accusing her of reading a script supplied by the opposition.

"A coup in Kenya has just been done by the four people in the Supreme Court", Kenyatta said in a live, televised speech delivered mostly in Kiswahili.

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