Kenyan Opposition Leader Raila Odinga Withdraws From Election Re-Run
Odinga’s coalition party, NASA, has released a statement on why the election should be cancelled as a result of the withdrawal.
Raila Odinga, the Kenyan opposition leader to face Uhuru Kenyatta in an election re-run this month, has withdrawn.
Odinga says his withdrawal would “give the electoral commission enough time to introduce reforms that will help deliver a more credible election,” BBC reports.
The election re-run was to hold on October 26, but Odinga says, “We have come to the conclusion that there is no intention on the part of the IEBC [electoral commission] to undertake any changes to its operations and personnel…All indications are that the election scheduled for 26 October will be worse than the previous one.” He continued to note that considering the interests of the people of Kenya, the region and the world, it was best that he withdrew from the race.
BBC reports Kenyatta has no problem going back to elections and is ready to proceed as scheduled. “We are sure we will get more votes than the last time,” he said speaking at a rally in Voi, a town in the south of Kenya. “We are also telling him it is the people’s right to choose their leader. It is their sovereign right to choose their leader of choice.”
Odinga’s coalition party, the National Super Alliance (NASA), believes the election will have to be cancelled as a result of his withdrawal.