Kenyan opposition leader rejects new presidential poll, demands ‘guarantees’ against fraud

Kenyan opposition leader rejects new presidential poll, demands ‘guarantees’ against fraud Raila Odinga

NAIROBI — Kenyan opposition politician Raila Odinga vowed Tuesday that he would not participate in a new presidential election scheduled for next month without “legal and constitutional guarantees” against alleged electoral fraud.

Odinga, who has disputed the results of Kenya’s Aug. 8 presidential election, spoke a day after the country’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) set Oct. 17 as the new date for polls. Kenya’s Supreme Court decided Friday to annul the election results, saying that major “irregularities and illegalities” marred the balloting. The court ordered the commission to hold a new election within 60 days.

According to official returns issued by the electoral commission last month, President Uhuru Kenyatta easily won reelection, receiving 54 percent of the vote to Odinga’s 45 percent.

Addressing journalists in Nairobi, Odinga said Tuesday that he was not consulted on matters regarding the fresh polls.

“The electoral commission did not see fit to consult the stakeholders before they announced the date of elections,” he said. He added that the commission reneged on a pledge to hold consultations with the opposition and ruling parties “so that we could agree not only on the date of election but how the elections are going to be conducted.”

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