Presidential election will go on, Kenya's Supreme Court rules


Kenya's electoral authorities said that they had not received formal notice that the opposition leader Raila Odinga had quit the presidential race re-run on October 26, so his name would remain on the ballot.

The Kenyan parliament passed a controversial amendment to it's election laws on Wednesday.

The transmission of the election results was one of the contentious issues leading to the Supreme Court annulment of President Uhuru Kenyatta's August 8 victory.

Commission says it is closely monitoring the political situation in Kenya including the decision by NASA leader Raila Odinga to withdraw from the fresh presidential election. "This Form is provided for by the Elections (General) Regulations." part of the statement read.

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Analysts said Raila Odinga's last-minute withdrawal from the race was a calculated move to force the country's electoral body to organize fresh presidential elections.

To maintain pressure, his opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition called supporters to the street, saying protests would take place every day from next week.

In Nairobi police briefly used tear gas to disperse protesters who threw stones at passing cars.

The court ordered a rerun scheduled for the 26th of October.

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In fact, including a new candidate legitimates the results of the contest, despite the boycott by Odinga, who supported his abstention with accusations of partiality favoring Kenyatta. However, the process quickly turned sour, with attacks by Kenyatta on the judiciary.

That judgement stated that if a candidate dies or withdraws from the fresh election, the IEBC must begin presidential nominations from scratch.

Tension between Kenyatta's ruling Jubilee Party and Odinga's opposition party have risen since the initial August election.

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