Kenya's top court to hear petition to postpone election

Geneva Matthews
October 25, 2017

Ahead of Kenya's Thursday presidential election re-run, the opposition leader, Raila Odinga, has asked his supporters to boycott the poll.

Odinga, who has since the Kenya apex court nullified the initial election result and ordered for a re-run, continued to rally his supporters with the slogan "No reforms, No elections", is contending that the country's authorities had failed to reform the body which conducted the August's poll.

Wednesday has been unexpectedly declared a public holiday, but the Supreme Court says that will not affect its business.

Hours before the shooting of the driver, Kenyan police fired tear gas and warning shots to disperse small groups of opposition protesters in downtown Nairobi. Police said it was not yet clear whether the Mwilu was in the auto at the time.

He spoke after the resignation of an election commissioner, who then fled the country and released a statement saying she had been threatened, although she did not say who had done so.

National Super Alliance (NASA) leader Raila Odinga speaks during a press conference on October 9, 2017 in Nairobi.

They argue that the commission might not hold the poll as directed by the Supreme Court owing to the lack of preparedness. But it alarmed some Kenyans who feared it could lead to a protracted period of political instability in East Africa's economic powerhouse, which has seen elections followed by deadly violence in the past.

IEBC commissioners, they argue, are serving partisan interests and Chairman Wafula Chebukati has publicly admitted that he can not guarantee credible election.

Mr Khalef Khalifa, Mr Samuel Mohochi and Mr Gacheke Gachuhi claim the electoral commission is divided and can not guarantee a fair and credible poll.

Khelef Khalifa, a petitioner and human rights activist, said the goal is to secure a postponement of Kenya's elections until the electoral commission is prepared to deliver a credible vote.

Last week, the head of the election board said it was not clear a free and fair vote could take place due to intimidation and political interference.

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