Opposition demands poll reform in Kenya

Opposition demands poll reform in Kenya

In a party statement, Odinga's National Super Alliance said that Jubilee had "no intention of competing on a level playing field" and slammed the IEBC.

The former Prime Minister insisted that he would only go for a rematch with President Kenyatta if the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission provides a level playing field.

Nasa is taking that Supreme Court interpretation as the launch-pad for its contention that a new election must be conducted starting from nominations of candidates.

The electoral commission had declared incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta the victor.

Kenyatta criticized the opposition leader for waiting for so long, if his only plan for the fresh presidential election was to withdraw at the last minute.

In early September, the supreme court had annulled the results of the presidential election which were held on August 8 and ordered for a fresh vote in 60 days.

The Supreme Court on September 1 nullified Mr Kenyatta's August re-election, citing illegalities in the vote and the election commission's refusal to allow scrutiny of its computer system. Many Kenyans know that the election of August 8 was free and fair.

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He said the commission had "stonewalled meaningful deliberations" on reforms to ensure the election is credible, and warned that the upcoming vote could be more badly run than the first one.

"Kenya is a democratic country and there is no court that can force me to participate in an election I know will be rigged".

Odinga is reportedly leaving the country for scheduled visit to the United Kingdom, with only two weeks to the October 26 polls.

Odinga, meanwhile, reiterated he would boycott the October 26 rerun if his demands for electoral reform were not met.

Opposition lawmakers on Tuesday boycotted a session of the National Assembly dedicated to amending election laws, saying they refuse to give legitimacy to a flawed process.

Last week, the IEBC told Odinga that they can not meet his demands due to tight timelines and binding legal contracts.

In reaction to the expected vote next week, the United States, a major donor to the Kenyan government and its security forces, said in a sharply worded statement on Friday: "Changing electoral laws without broad agreement just prior to a poll is not consistent with global best practice (and) increases political tension".

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