Kenya president says polls must be this week, despite doubts

Senator Orengo and ODM leader Raila Odinga during a past meeting

The commission however says Thursday's poll will go ahead. "Now they really should deliver", the President said following the meeting at Harambee House.

The leaders have maintained their hardline positions on the polls, with Kenyatta saying the elections must go on for the country to move forward while Odinga is determined to stop them, insisting that there would be no elections on October 26.

In a shock decision, Kenya's Supreme Court overturned the August election victory of President Uhuru Kenyatta over his opposition leader Raila Odinga, citing "irregularities" in the transmission of the results.

Kenyatta was declared the victor of the recent election, but in a surprise ruling, the Supreme Court nullified the vote because of what it said were illegalities and irregularities and ordered a new one within 60 days.

The opposition group said it won't participate in the new vote "because it doesn't serve the country's interest".

"We only insist that elections be held on October 26, that's the time line set by the IEBC in terms of conditions set in the annulment of the August 8 elections", he added.

The bad blood between the sides was underscored Monday by the charging of Ruth Odinga, the opposition leader's sister, accused of damaging IEBC property and inciting violence.

"Attacks on IEBC must stop, no one is obliged to stand for office or to vote if they don't wish to", Ambassador Godec stated in a statement backed by twenty foreign envoys.

But he also said attempts by the ruling party to change certain electoral laws ahead of the re-run were "unhelpful" and urged Kenyatta not to sign the amendments.

"We have made funds available for the IEBC (the electoral commission) to do its job".

"Unfortunately, the deteriorating political environment is undermining preparations for the new presidential election", Godec said, in the statement issued in the name of the 20 envoys.

The deaths occurred in "confrontations between rioters and police officers" between October 2 and Monday, the statement said.

Among the conditions set by Chebukati was for some IEBC staff to step aside so as for the electoral commission to guarantee a free, fair and credible election.



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