Raila Withdraws From Repeat Presidential Election
National Super Alliance flag-bearer Raila Odinga has withdrawn from the repeat presidential election slated for October 26.See Also:NASA Protestor Shot,Three Injured in Anti-IEBC Demos in Nairobi
Addressing a press confrence on Tuesday evening,Raila Said it is only through his withdrawal from the showdown that the country will have a credible, free and fair election as per the law.
Mr Odinga also announced that his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka will also not take part in the repeat election and cited a 2013 Supreme Court ruling to scuttle the October 26 vote.
President Uhuru Kenyatta however has insisted elections must go on.
The Raila shocker, which could push the repeat election to March 2018, threw Kenyan politics into uncertainty.
“After deliberating on our position in respect of the upcoming election, considering the interests of the people of Kenya, the region and the world at large, we believe that all will be best served by Nasa vacating its presidential candidature in the election scheduled for 26 October 2017,” said Mr Odinga. Related Story:Blow to NASA as High Court Clears Chiloba,Chebukati To Conduct Fresh Election
Mr Odinga said Nasa has been calling for a free and fair election held in conformity with the Constitution.
“We have come to the conclusion that there is no intention from IEBC to make sure that the irregularities and illegalities witnessed before do not happen again,” he said.Similar Content:Uhuru, Raila Clash Over Chaos Claims and Repeat Polls
He accused the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) of “stonewalling” deliberations to have a credible repeat elections.
“We have come to the conclusion that there is no intention on the part of the IEBC to undertake any changes to its operations and personnel to ensure that the “illegalities and irregularities” that led to the invalidation of the 8th August, 2008 do not happen again.There Will Be No Election Until IEBC Meets Our Demands-NASA
“All indications are that the election scheduled for 26 October will be worse than the previous one,” he said.
The IEBC yesterday announced it had assembled it legal team to study implications of the withdrawal.
There has been much speculation about a boycott or Raila withdrawal and possible constitutional crisis. NASA has repeatedly said, no reforms, no election.
Following withdrawal of NASA’s presidential candidate, the Commission and legal team are meeting and will communicate way forward,Chairman Wafula Chebukati said.
Various lawyers yesterday said IEBC may be forced to call off the election because Article 138 of the Constitution says an election will be between two or more people. Read Also:Babu Owino to face fresh charges of assault, electoral offense
It was not clear how this should be interpreted, considering the Supreme Court ruling om September 1 nullifying Kenyatta’s victory on August 8. The court ordered a fresh election within 60 days. That period ends this month.
In pulling out of the race, the ex-Prime Minister said IEBC had blatantly refused to implement its 12 irreducible minimums. He declared it was clear the repeat polls will be worse and less credible than the August 8 poll.
Raila has demanded removal of secretariat staff that bungled the August vote, removal of IT provider OT Morpho as well as ballot papers printer Al Ghurair. None of those has been granted.
After deliberating on our position in respect of the upcoming election, considering the interests of the Kenyan people, the region and the world at large, we believe that all will be best served by NASA vacating its presidential candidature in the election scheduled for 26 October, Raila announced.
He was flanked by co-principals running mate Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetang’ula.
Raila said the same criminal enterprise that rigged the Augustvote is still firmly in charge and now setting up more lethal mechanism to steal the vote. The four read the statement in turns.
Raila laid the blame squarely on IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba.Also See:Anti-IEBC Protests Turn Tragic Leaving One Dead In Siaya
The Commission CEO who was the coup plotter-in-chief and his litany of senior secretariat staff continue to dominate the operations of the commission and stifle any attempt to initiate reforms at the commission, Raila said.
Referring to the split that has rocked the IEBC, Raila claimed jubilee is firmly in charge of IEBC through four commissioners.
He termed unconstitutional Jubilee’s proposed election law amendments and blasted Jubilee for clamouring for an election that it must win, even unlawfully.
In a well-calculated legal strategy, Raila and his NASA brigade have cited the 2013 Supreme Court ruling which dashed his own presidential ambitions to scuttle the October 26 rerun.
Raila cited paragraph 290 of the ruling in which the six-member bench led by Chief Justice Willy Mutunga ruled that if a candidate withdraws, the election stands postponed.Similar StoryHow IEBC Will Spend Sh2.4bn To End Poll Fraud