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Kenyan Election Commission Says Presidential Vote Will Go Ahead

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Kenya opposition leader withdraws from fresh election

Kenya's new presidential election faced fresh uncertainty Wednesday as a judge ruled that a minor opposition candidate can run, opening the way for all candidates who participated in the August vote that was nullified by the Supreme Court over "irregularities". "The Supreme Court expanded the clause to include when a candidate withdraws from the presidential election", Raila said.

"The Commission can not compel a candidate to participate in an election".

Odinga said "there's no intention" on the part of Kenya's election commission to undertake any changes before the vote.

Odinga's exit from the poll is just the latest manifestation of a political crisis that has rocked the country since the Constitutional Court annulled incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta's victory in August.

He told supporters: "There is nowhere the constitution says Raila Amollo Odinga has to be on the ballot".

In a statement seen by TUKO.co.ke, the electoral commission reveal one major flaw Raila and NASA made while tendering their withdrawal from the repeal poll.

Mr Odinga had called for countrywide protests to demand reforms to the commission ahead of the new election.

The election commission has said it was meeting with its legal team on the way forward.

Odinga alleged that a lack of reforms at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) - the organisation responsible for running the election - had left the door open to electoral fraud by the ruling Jubilee Party.

Mr Kenyatta has said he does not want changes to the election commission.

According to the coalition, Raila's withdrawal from the election "is in the best interest of the country and a win-win for everyone".

"The Supreme Court clarified that the relevant article is 138 (8) (b) which deals with cancellation of a presidential election, in the event of the death of the president or the deputy, on or before the scheduled date".

Mr Odinga has contested and lost the last three presidential elections in Kenya, sources confirm, each time, he has said the vote was rigged against him.

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