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Raila Odinga Withdraws from Kenya Presidential Elections 10 October 2017

Raila Odinga the National Super Alliance (NASA) Presidential candidate has withdrawn from the Kenya Presidential Elections due to be held on 26 October 2017. This move caught the country by surprise, but it was a move by NASA to pre-empt changes brought in by the Jubilee Coalition, who have what political observes call a “conspiracy of numbers” in the Kenya Parliament. Raila Odinga’s withdrawal means fresh elections may need to be held. It stops the current President Uhuru Kenyatta from being sworn in without fresh elections. NASA in the meantime aim to continue street protests. Whilst presidential elections in many countries in the world are finished and done within a day, the Kenya Presidential Elections saga continues.

Useful reading:
Bernard Namunane (2017) ‘NASA finds refuge under 2013 court verdict.’ Daily Nation, 10 October 2017 URL: http://www.nation.co.ke/news/politics/Nasa-seeks-refuge-under-2013-court-verdict/1064-4134102-t6vawlz/index.html (Accessed 10 October 2017)
Patrick Lang’at (2017) ‘ NASA leader Raila blames IEBC for poll withdrawal,’ Daily Nation, 10 October 2017 URL http://www.nation.co.ke/news/Nasa-leader-Raila-blames-IEBC-for-poll-withdrawal-/1056-4134190-gwaojb/index.html (Accessed 10 October 2017)
The Standard Team ‘ Country facing crisis as NASA leader Raila Odinga quits presidential poll,’ The Standard https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2001256991/country-facing-crisis-as-raila-quits-presidential-poll (Retrieved 10 October 2017)

Kenya Presidential Elections 26 October 2017 IEBC

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has announced that Thursday 26 October 2017 will be the new date for fresh Kenya Presidential Elections.

Useful sources:
https://twitter.com/IEBCKenya

Kenya Presidential Election Supreme Court Verdict Explanation 20 September 2017

The Supreme Court of Kenya explained the reasons why the Kenya Presidential Election held on 8 August 2017 was “neither transparent or verifiable” and hence had to be nullified.

The Supreme Court of Kenya put the blame on Kenya’s electoral commission the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). The result for the Presidential elections were announced without verifying the information and 11,000 polling stations were yet to declare their results or received.

The Daily Nation (Nairobi) 20 September 2017 quotes the Supreme Court “Irregularities and illegalities in the poll were many, systematic and deliberate, say three court judges.”

The BBC (Nairobi) has been keeping a close eye on the elections, with Alastair Leithead (BBC Africa Correspondent) being interviewed by the BBC World Service (Radio). Online they cover the Supreme Court of Kenya’s explanation via an article. ‘Kenya’s Supreme Court criticises IEBC electoral commission.‘ BBC Africa (20 September 2017).

The Standard (Nairobi) 20 September 2017 leads with an article by Mercy Asamba ‘Reasons Why Presidential Election was declared invalid, court give full verdict.’

The overall explanation why the Supreme Court nullified was damning – A sad day for Kenya’s Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), but a proud day for the Constitution and the Supreme Court of Kenya.

KenyaElections.com Study Group Notes:
Useful articles and sources;
1 Daily Nation www.nation.co.ke
Ibrahim Oruko (2017) ‘Judges: Why Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory was voided,’ Daily Nation, 20 September 2017 Available Url: http://www.nation.co.ke/news/Judges-say-why-Uhuru-Kenyatta-victory-was-voided/1056-4104378-ymukakz/index.html (Accessed: 20 September 2017).

2 BBC www.bbc.co.uk Africa or BBC World Service
Kenya’s Supreme Court criticises IEBC electoral commission – Available Url:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-41334702 (20 September 2017) 13.51 GMT
Alaistar Leithead (BBC Africa Correspondent) Twitter: https://twitter.com/aleithead?lang=en

3 Standard Nairobi www.standardmedia.co.ke
Mercy Asamba (2017) ‘Reasons Why Presidential Election was declared invalid, court give full verdict.’ Standard, 20 September 2017 Available Url: https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2001255107/reasons-why-presidential-election-was-declared-invalid-court-gives-full-verdict

 

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