Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has snubbed a crisis meeting called by the chairman of the election board for Thursday, Reuters reported.
The situation in Kenya remains volatile after August’s presidential elections were annulled on the grounds of procedural irregularities with the Supreme Court ordering a rerun on October 26.
Chairman of the Independent Election and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), Wafula Chebukati, warned that urgent talks prior to the rerun were necessary in order to guarantee a credible vote.
However, Kenyatta told supporters at a campaign rally in the western town of Saboti late on Wednesday that the priority for Kenyans was going to the polls and that reform of the electoral commission would be focused on after the elections.
“We are not interested in telling the IEBC what to do. We want them to prepare so Kenyans can vote on the 26th,” he said.
The IEBC was subsequently forced to postpone the talks, which were scheduled for Thursday morning, to a later unspecified date and time.
Opposition leader Raila Odinga has said he will boycott the polls because there hasn’t been satisfactory electoral reform.
He has further called on supporters of the National Super Alliance (NSA), and others, to take part in mass protests on October 26 sparking fears of violent clashes between protesters and security forces that in the past have led to significant loss of life.