Kenyan opposition to rally for electoral reform

A court ruled that the recently held election was irregular and should be held again.

Raila Odinga, the Kenyan opposition leader who lost Kenya’s August presidential elections to incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta, has vowed to hold nationwide campaigns demanding electoral reforms, ahead of next month’s rerun of those elections, AP reported on Monday.

The opposition leader has warned that without electoral reform he will not participate in the new elections, scheduled for October 17, which were ordered by Kenya’s Supreme Court after it nullified last month’s elections, ruling they were rigged.

Odinga has called for the sacking of a dozen officials he accuses of being behind the electoral fraud.

Furthermore, he also wants the French company OT to be prevented from supplying equipment to transmit results, claiming that only two of the more than 40,000 kits used to transmit the nullified election results were used, adding that he suspected some of the staff of being complicit in the electoral fraud.

The Al Ghurair printing firm should also be blacklisted in Odinga’s opinion because the ballot papers it supplied lacked security features.

Odinga has complained about Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) for years.

Five people were killed in May 2016 after police opened fire at protesters who responded to Odinga’s call for the removal of senior IEBC officials after he lost that election to Kenyatta as well.

Meanwhile,there are fears that more violence lies ahead as Kenyans recall the deadly clashes of the 2007 election protests in which over a thousand people lost their lives.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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