Repeat Poll: Raila Odinga fast running out of options

President Uhuru Raila Engage Each other on Twitter

President Uhuru Raila Engage Each other on Twitter

Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga on Tuesday pulled out of this month's presidential election, saying necessary voting reforms have not been made.

Kenya's Supreme Court invalidated the results of the contentious August 8 vote, which showed victory for the incumbent, Kenyatta, and ordered a new election within 60 days.

"We deem that the fresh election ordered by the Supreme Court can not therefore be held", they statement by Nasa reads.

Odinga's announcement comes just a day after President Uhuru Kenyatta dared him to withdraw his candidature if he is not ready to participate in the repeat poll.

In a related development, President Uhuru Kenyatta and deputy President William Ruto on Tuesday voiced strong support for amendments to Kenya's electoral laws, to fill the gaps identified by Kenya's Supreme Court when it annulled the August 8 Presidential elections.

The 25-item document included a comprehensive audit of elections-related technology, a change of the company that printed the ballot forms, and the replacement of all 290 elections officers.

"There will be no election if those who messed with the elections are still in office", Raila said.

During a press conference in Nairobi, he said he could not be sure that the October 26 poll would be free, fair and credible so he dropped out. "No court can order me to do so", Odinga said in comments broadcast on Kenyan TV stations, without elaborating further.

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Kenyatta termed the decision a "judicial coup".

The protests started after the electoral body announced incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta as the victor of the August 8 election.

NASA leaders Moses Wetang'ula (Ford Kenya), Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper) and Raila Odinga (ODM) at the Supreme Court, August 28, 2017.

There had been renewed fears of violence during the planned rerun.

Supporters of Odinga have been holding weekly demonstrations against the electoral commission in the capital, Nairobi, as well as in their strongholds of Mombasa and the western city of Kisumu.

Pundits agreed that east Africa's largest economy was staring at a new wave of political stalemate that bodes ill for Kenya's ability to remain stable and hasten economic growth.

The opposition is threatening to boycott the October 26 re-run if election board officials are not removed and if parliament passes a proposed amendment to the election law.

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