Kenyan Opposition to Embark Campaigns to ‘Restore Democracy’

Odinga demanded in a National Super Alliance (NASA) press conference, "Uhuru Kenyatta's Election Cannot Be Allowed To Stand." Photo: Screenshot from a video Odinga shared on his Facebook fan page
Odinga demanded in a National Super Alliance (NASA) press conference, "Uhuru Kenyatta's Election Cannot Be Allowed To Stand." Photo: Screenshot from a video Odinga shared on his Facebook fan page

The Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga has refused to accept the last week’s election result boycotted by his party National Super Alliance (NASA).

Mr. Odinga has vowed to go on board with a campaign to ‘restore democracy’ in Kenya.

Raila Odinga’s remarks followed after a day the election commission declared President Kenyatta winner of the Presidential election held on October 26.

Amid opposition’s boycott, the Presidential election had a poor turnout. Less than 40 percent voters voted in the disputed election. According to the official results, Mr. Kenyatta won 98.2 percent of the total vote.

President Kenyatta told after IEBC declared the official results, “Many Kenyans exercised their democratic rights.”

He slammed the low turnout statistics as “a tirade of conjuncture statistics.” He said, “The narrative locally and internationally, therefore, the voter turnout was low is inaccurate. It is nothing but a history of political convenience and a tirade of conjuncture statistics.”

Meanwhile, the opposition leader Mr. Odinga said, “This election must not stand” given the result is not credible.

“If allowed to stand, it will make a complete mockery of elections and might well be the end of the ballot as a means of instituting government in Kenya.”

Press Conference: Uhuru Kenyatta's Election Cannot Be Allowed To Stand #Resist

Posted by Raila Odinga on Tuesday, October 31, 2017

“It will completely destroy public confidence in the vote. Reasonable people will not turn out to vote in elections with pre-determined outcomes.”

Mr. Odinga refused to participate in the 26 October election alleging that the electoral officials failed to reforms his party deems necessary.

The August election, won by the incumbent President Kenyatta, was annulled by the supreme court of the country due to counting process irregularities.

Odinga pledged that his party would not participate in the elections if necessary reforms are not made.

Earlier, Raila Odinga told the press in Nairobi, “After deliberating on our position in respect of the upcoming election … we believe that all will be best served by vacating its presidential candidature in the election scheduled for 26 October 2017.”

Odinga indicated that his party will conduct “vigorous positive political action including economic boycotts, peaceful processions, picketing and other legitimate protests.”

“If there is no justice for the people, let there be no peace for the government.”

Meanwhile, the African Union has described the poll as a credible one and urged for dialogues between Kenyatta and Odinga.

The AU statement reads, “Overall, the stipulated procedures for opening, voting, closing, and counting were largely complied with… The AU observer mission noted improvements in the technical conduct of the elections.”

 


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