The Supreme Court of Kenya had annulled the August 8th presidential election in which incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared winner by the IEBC having obtained 54% of the total vote cast. Kenya’s Independent Electoral And Boundary Commission (IEBC) has set the date for re-election on the 17th of October 2017.
Recall that a similar incident took place in 2007 and sparked a chain of violence which claimed the lives of about 1100 persons. The election violence that took place on August 8th was mild in comparison to that of 2007 as about 20 persons were reported dead.
Why the first election was cancelled
The August 8th election was cancelled by Chief Justice David Maraga on Friday, saying that the Independent Electoral And Boundary Commission had failed to hold a lawful poll, as a result, the outcome of the election is invalid, null and void.
The Chief Justice added that IEBC had committed irregularities and illegalities during the process of collation of results from polling units and transfer to central counting center.
Raila Odinga’s Concerns
Having conducted an election viewed by the supreme court as marred by illegalities and irregularities, Odinga has no trust on the IEBC as a result. He is demanding that the head of IEBC and other big shots in IEBC be replaced before the nation polls.
They are also demanding that a different company should be given the contract to print the ballot papers for the forth coming elections.
Meanwhile, the incumbent president, Uhuru Kenyatta has continued to campaign for the for coming October 17th election