July 02, 2020

IEBC speaks on Raila’s withdrawal from repeat presidential poll

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has on Wednesday (11/10/17) indicated that the National Super Alliance (NASA) leader, Raila Odinga, is yet to submit Form 24A supporting his move to withdraw from the fresh presidential poll as required by law.

According to the IEBC, the law allows a candidate to withdraw his/her candidature by delivering to the Commission a duly filled Form 24A and an an official letter confirming the withdrawal.

This Form is provided for by the Elections (General) Regulations.

“They however have not submitted the statutory Form 24A. Once the Commission receives the requisite Notice from any of the candidates, it will process the same in accordance with the requisite provision of the Law,” read the IEBC statement.

The High Court on Wednesday ordered the IEBC to include Thirdway Alliance party leader Ekuru Aukot in the October 26 fresh presidential election.

Judge John Mativo ruled that there was no legal basis to bar Aukot from participating.

“Barring the petitioner from participating is denying him his constitutional right,” Mativo pointed out.

In his reaction, Aukot noted that the IEBC needs to be reformed before the fresh presidential poll.

“I am very happy today because for the second time the Judiciary has proved to serve justice to the people of Kenya. However our push for reforms in the electoral commission remain steadfast,” said Aukot.

Raila withdrew from the repeat presidential election on Tuesday evening.

Addressing a press conference, Raila said it is only through his withdrawal from the showdown that the country would have a credible, free and fair election as per the law.

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