Odinga rejects Kenya election re-run date


Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga said his coalition would not participate in the re-run of a presidential election proposed for October 17 unless it is given “legal and constitutional” guarantees.

Odinga’s conditions include removal of some officials at the election board. He wants criminal investigations to be opened against them.
“You cannot make a mistake twice and expect to get different results,” Odinga told reporters.

Kenya’s Supreme Court ordered on Friday that the August 8 vote be re-run within 60 days, saying President Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory by 1.4 million votes was undermined by irregularities in the process. Kenyatta was not accused of any wrongdoing.

On Monday, the election board said it would hold new elections on October 17.

But Odinga said he wanted elections held on October 24 or 31 instead.
“There will be no elections on the seventeenth of October until the conditions we have spelt out in the statement are met,” he said.

Odinga has contested and lost the last three presidential elections in Kenya. Each time, he said the vote was rigged against him.