Envoy warnings as Kenya's divisive poll re-run approaches


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.

Opposition leader, Raila Odinga has pulled out, saying the poll won't be free and fair.

Odinga had asked supporters not to participate in the repeat election because he said more reforms to the electoral commission were needed after the Supreme Court annulled an August 8 vote because of what it described as irregularities and illegalities.

Uhuru said he is ready for the election and has no demands on IEBC, other than that the electoral body meets its obligation of conducting the exercise on October 26 as ordered by the Supreme Court. They attacked election staff and destroyed tents and polling material, witnesses said. "Doing so is profoundly undemocratic, and leaders must tell their supporters to refrain from such actions", they told a press conference in Nairobi.

"We made it clear that we have no demands or conditions on this subject".

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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 to do its job. "Now they really should deliver", he said.

"Inflammatory rhetoric, attacks on institutions, and growing insecurity all make holding a credible and fair poll more difficult.it is risky, and it must stop".

Last week one of its seven commissioners, Roselyn Akombe, fled the country and quit, saying the election could not be credible.

And although Raila's name will be on the ballot on October 26, at least according to IEBC, the former Premier insisted that the daily demonstrations will resume on Tuesday with a clarion call that for a credible elections to take place, there must a conducive environment.

The opposition camp, led by Raila Odinga, has previously made similar comments despite President Uhuru Kenyatta's insistence on proceeding with the vote, which was scheduled after the Supreme Court nullified an August 8 election because of what it said were illegalities and irregularities.