Kenya's opposition figure Odinga quits election rerun

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"We have said and we continue to say that we will not participate in the elections if the environment is not conducive for a free and fair election", Odinga had said on Monday.

Kenyatta said he was not deterred by Odinga's decision.

As doubts grow over Kenya's ability to hold a rerun of its presidential election, the French biometrics firm OT-Morpho that provides the electronic voting system says on September 18 it will not be ready in time.

The opposition said the government also made it untenable for Mr Odinga and Mr Musyoka to campaign freely by withdrawing their security.

Parties must now nominate presidential candidates afresh.

The election which saw the announcement of incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta as victor, was annulled by the supreme court and has been re-scheduled for October 26.

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.

The court cited mass irregularities and illegalities in the August poll.

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His party, the National Super Alliance (NASA), had vowed not to take part in the poll re-run unless the election commission was reformed. He and Kenyatta, the son of Kenya's first president, also faced off in a 2013 election marred by opposition allegations of vote-rigging.

While Kenyans voted peacefully on August 8, the opposition quickly cried foul over tallying and the Supreme Court agreed, citing "disturbing, if not startling, revelations" about the conduct of the IEBC.

NASA's main bone of contention is anchored on the electoral changes that were being debated by Parliament.

Kenya's ruling Jubilee party, headed by Mr Kenyatta, has proposed election law changes which would mean that if a candidate boycotts an election, the remaining candidate automatically wins.

Odinga's withdrawal from the presidential re-run, though anticipated, has opened another chapter of uncertainties for Kenya's body politic, economy, social cohesion and diplomatic engagement.

The commission will thereafter communicate the way forward. A majority found so many irregularities, they said the elections did not meet the threshold set out by the constitution.

He criticized Odinga for waiting until more than 120 million USA dollars has been spent to organize the election before reaching the withdrawal.

According to figures released by IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati, the incumbent garnered 8,203,290 votes while Odinga managed 6,762,224 votes.

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