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Kenya’s Raila Odinga Sets Conditions For Re-run Presidential Election

Raila Odinga, the leader of the opposition in Kenya, listed on Tuesday, September 5, a series of conditions for his participation in the October 17 presidential election. This date was chosen by the electoral commission after the invalidation of last month’s ballot.

The date of the new ballot was fixed; Monday 4 September, by the Electoral Commission. Raila Odinga criticized this decision. He accuses the latter of not consulting the opposition. He therefore put forward several conditions, including an audit of the Commission’s electronic system, the resignation of several of its members and the possibility for each of the eight presidential candidates of 8 August to represent themselves.

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“There will be no election on October 17, unless the terms and conditions we have listed in this release are fulfilled by the IEBC,” warned Raila Odinga, speaking in Nairobi in the presence of the main leaders of his Nasa opposition coalition.

Odinga reiterated his refusal to see the Electoral Commission conduct the next ballot in its current composition. ”  The Commission, as constituted as it stands, should not lead this election ” said the opposition veteran, aged 72.

”  We say that there are a number of election officials who should be sent home and others should be investigated and charged for the heinous crimes they committed in the last election  “He concluded.

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