Despite Odinga’s withdrawal, the election will hold – Kenyatta

Kenya President, Uhuru Kenyatta Tuesday, said a re-run of August’s annulled presidential election would go ahead as planned on October 26, even though opposition leader, Raila Odinga said he was withdrawing.

We have no problem going back to elections. We are sure we will get more votes than the last time,” Kenyatta told a rally in the southern town of Voi, speaking in Kiswahili.

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

Odinga said at a news conference in Nairobi that he was boycotting the polls because his demands for electoral reform had not been met.

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.

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President Kenyatta was declared the winner of the Presidential election but, the Supreme Court ordered a rerun of the election. In reaction, Kenyatta blasted judges, saying it cannot continue like that.

An audit report found no discrepancies in the election.

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