NAIROBI, Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) said eight candidates will participate in the repeat presidential election slated for Oct 26.
The IEBC said the decision was reached following a High Court ruling Wednesday directing that Ekuru Aukot be included in the ballot.
The commission however said it has received a letter from Raila Odinga withdrawing from the race although he is yet to submit statutory form 24A as required by law.
In a statement issued Thursday evening, the commission clarified that the Oct 26 repeat presidential poll will go on as planned.
The commission has however asked the National Super Alliance flagbearer Raila Odinga to submit statutory form 24A following his withdrawal from the repeat poll.
The law allows a candidate to withdraw higher candidature by delivering to the Commission a duly filled Form 24A. This Form is provided for by the Elections (General) Regulations. We note that the Rt. Honorable Raila Odinga and his running mate sent a letter dated 10th October 2017 indicating that they had decided to withdraw from the fresh Presidential Election. They, however, have not submitted the statutory Form 24A the commission said in a statement.
It added once the Commission receives the requisite notice from any of the candidates, it will process the same in accordance with the requisite provision of the Law.
The Supreme Court ordered that a fresh Presidential election be held within a period of 60 days from Sept 1.
The Commission further confirmed it had gazetted the names of the two main candidates President Uhuru Kenyatta and his running mate William Ruto, and opposition leader Raila Odinga and his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka.
The commission now says it will comply with the courts directive to include the name of Ekuro Aukot and the other five candidates by way of corrigenda.
However since all candidates who participated in the last election were entitled to run in the fresh presidential election, the Commission will comply with the direction to include the names of the other candidates by way of corrigenda the commission added.
The communication from the commission comes a day after Odinga quit the race saying he has no confidence in the agency to conduct repeat polls.
The commission has appealed for calm to ensure the upcoming polls are successfully held for the country to move forward.
The Commission appreciates the anxiety across the country following the numerous legal interpretations in this matter. We appeal for calm and dialogue among all players to ensure that elections are successfully held and for the country to move forward.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK