In the latest Kenyan election drama, opposition leader, Raila Odinga announced he is withdrawing from the repeat election, due to take place at the end of October. In September, the Supreme Court cancelled the previous month’s election results after Kenyaâ€
Â The Daily Vox team rounds up the latest twist in Kenya’s messy election saga.
Odinga has expressed his reservations from the onset, when the next election was announced. He was unhappy that the IEBC is still in charge of the election and that no action had been taken against it. This was despite the Supreme Court finding the reason for the failed election was that the IEBC did not follow its own rules.
Odinga was not satisfied that only he and Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta would only be taking part in the repeat election. He questioned why the other candidates were not being allowed to take part.
However, Odinga has also said he withdrew from the election because has information that ballot boxes are already being prepared with votes. He says they cannot go into an election where the outcome is already known.
On Wednesday, following Odingaâ€
The many upheavals in the run-up to the new election, including this law, have caused an eruption of violence in the country with Odingaâ€
Looking at it from the outside, Odingaâ€
However, Nanjala Nyabola, a political analyst based in Kenya, says that in fact Odingaâ€
This has been echoed by Raila Odinga himself.
Nyabola says that Odingaâ€
On Wednesday, the IEBC announced that all the original eight candidates would be included on the ballot for the next elections. They also said they couldnâ€
PRESS STATEMENT ON THE FORTHCOMING FRESH PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION pic.twitter.com/jWA8kov1tI
â€” IEBC (@IEBCKenya) October 11, 2017
Speaking to The Daily Vox, Jakkie Cilliers, senior researcher at the Institute for Security Studies says the October 26th election is likely to go ahead. However, it is likely to be accompanied by significant violence and a huge victory for the ruling Jubilee Party and Kenyatta.
He adds that Odinga probably felt like he had no other option but to withdraw. This is because unless there is significant reform of the election processes, the results are likely to be the same.