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Kenya election: Raila Odinga threatens re-run election boycott

Kenya election: Raila Odinga threatens re-run election boycott”

The new elections will be between President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga following the Supreme Court's ruling last week to nullify the results of the August 8 polls which gave victory to Kenyatta, according to a statement issued by the electoral commission chairman, Wafula Chebukati.

Kenya's Supreme Court annulled the elections saying that the commission had committed irregularities in adding up the votes.

National Super Alliance (NASA) rejection of Tuesday, October 17 election date has elicited mixed reactions among Kenyans. The elections on August 8 and statistics's announcement were signed by violent protests of Odinga's opponents who caused 28 deaths in this capital and other interior cities.

"17th October is within the 60 days as directed by the Supreme Court".

Opposition leader Raila Odinga has called for the electoral commission to be disbanded.

They had initially declared Kenyatta as victor of the elections sparking pockets of violence around capital Nairobi and some other parts of the country.

"We know exactly what transpired in these last elections, we know what the IEBC did and we know that if we were to go back there will be no different results and that's why will say there will be no elections on the 17 October", he said.

Cheboi, who was defeated by the current Baringo Governor Stanley Kiptis during the April Jubilee party primaries, tasked the Opposition to borrow a leaf from the ruling coalition in abiding the Supreme Court verdict albeit highly criticizing it.

The president has said he disagrees with the court's ruling nullifying the election but respects it, but he also has called its judges "crooks" and vowed to "fix" the judiciary.

Also Tuesday, Kenyatta accused Odinga of "spewing from day one ethnic rhetoric" and having no vision for the country, whose politics and elections have been dogged by ethnic-based allegiances and violence. "So it means that you do a repeat of the presidential elections afresh".



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