Raila Odinga Rejects IEBC Election Date, Proposes New Date

Kenya Opposition coalition National Super Alliance (Nasa) presidential candidate Raila Odinga has rejected a date set by the country’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) for the new election.

The Kenya Supreme Court last week nullified the reelection of incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta, citing irregularities and illegalities on the side of IEBC.

With court ordering IEBC to hold a fresh poll within 60 days (with effect from last Friday), the electoral commission announced an election date on Monday.

During its 204th Plenary Meeting held on Monday, September 04, the IEBC resolved that a fresh election be held on October 17, 2017.

“In the fresh election, the petitioners before the supreme court, the Hon Raila Odinga and his running mate Hon. Stephen Kalyonzo Musyoka and the third respondent, H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta and his running mate Hon. William Samoei Ruto, shall be the only candidates,” a statement from the commission’s chairman Wafula Chebukati reads in part.

Chebukati has also urged Supreme Court to release a detailed judgment in the just concluded petition “in order to allow the commission to identify areas that require improvement in the management of the fresh election”.

But on Tuesday, Odinga said the IEBC should have consulted him and the other August 08 poll candidates.

Odinga reiterated his criticism of IEBC, attacking the commission as a pack of criminals that only belong to jail.

“IEBC officials should not be allowed to conduct the election but instead be sent home, investigated and prosecuted for heinous acts,” Raila said.

Odinga then proposed October 24 and the new date.

He also suggested that national exams be pushed by a fortnight since some schools are used as polling stations.

IEBC had adopted the proposal by education cabinet secretary Fred Matiang’i to have the election held a week before the national exams.

Samuel Kamugisha