Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has said all eight candidates in the August elections will contest in the re-run polls. The announcement follows a High Court ruling in a case filed by a candidate in the previous election and candidate of the Thirdway Alliance, Ekuru Aukot.
The High Court of Kenya ordered the IEBC to include Aukot in this month’s repeat polls. The electoral body had earlier indicated the re-run would be between the incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta and his main contender Raila Odinga.
Kenya’s electoral body said the NASA Presidential candidate Raila Odinga is yet to complete processes for withdrawing from the re-run polls.
It said the National Super Alliance leader needs to complete forms that will make his decision not to contest in the repeat polls official.
Raila Odinga last Tuesday announced he would no longer contest the impending polls. He insists the Election Management Body (EMB) has failed to implement measures that will ensure the repeat polls are free, fair and transparent.
Protests erupted in Kenya earlier, following Odinga’s call on citizens to demonstrate every Wednesday in solidarity to his cause.
Kenya held its 2017 polls on August 8, with the incumbent President and his Jubilee Coalition being declared winners with over 1.4 million votes, constituting 54% of valid votes cast. His main contender and NASA Coalition leader Raila Odinga, who polled 45% of valid votes petitioned the nation’s highest court over irregularities.
The Supreme Court of Kenya nullified the votes, citing irregularities and illegalities. It subsequently ordered the IEBC to rerun the polls, ensuing it is free, fair and transparent.
Despite initial hesitation, the NASA Coalition had been readying itself for the showdown until the sudden announcement that its candidate was no longer running for the polls later in the month.
He said the decision was to afford the EMB the opportunity to implement measures for the sanctity of the impending polls.
Earlier, his opponent President Uhuru Kenyatta insisted the polls will go ahead as scheduled.