National Super Alliance (NASA) leader Raila Odinga has revealed what he will do if the October polls go ahead as planned and his name appears on the ballot paper.
While giving a speech at Chatham House in London, the Opposition leader stated that in case of such a situation, he will not participate in the process.
The former Prime Minister noted that the electoral commission had not undertaken necessary reforms, instead focussing on insignificant changes ahead of the fresh polls.
“There will be no election, it won’t be a proper election,” he declared.
He further disclosed that he did not support the decision by the High Court to include the fringe candidates in the repeat elections.
“How can they run for the poll in 10 days? The High Court ruling by Judge Mativo on Wednesday was a sham as a high court ruling cannot overturn the Supreme Court. The ruling will be challenged in court,” he elucidated.
He further lamented that the electoral crisis in Kenya had been dragging on for months and reiterated that the current situation must be resolved politically.
“Political problems require political solutions, not legal,” he affirmed.
Mr Odinga also spoke on supporting a different candidate since he doesn’t plan to participate in the fresh polls.
“Question of me supporting an independent candidate on 26th October doesn’t arise if there won’t be an election,” Odinga stated.
On Friday, a voter filed a case at the Court of Appeal challenging High Court Judge John Mativo‘s ruling that saw Thirdway Alliance candidate Ekuru Aukot allowed to contest in the October 26 presidential election.
Political strategist and blogger Abraham Mutai, through his lawyer Nelson Havi, moved to the Court of Appeal seeking an injunction pending the determination of his appeal.
Speaking to us moments after filing the case, Mutai stated: “We are challenging Justice Mativo’s interpretation of the 2013 Supreme Court ruling. We believe the contest should be limited to the petitioner and the winner of the nullified election.”
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