Fresh Presidential Election: IEBC Schedules Poll On October 17


The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) have announced Tuesday, October 17 as the day for the fresh presidential election.

Chairman of the commission, Wafula Chebukati, added that there will be no fresh nominations as he also excluded other party’s candidates in the fresh presidential election.

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“In the fresh election, the petitioners before the Supreme Court, the Hon Raila Odinga and his running mate Hon Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka and the 3rd respondent, H.E Uhuru Kenyatta and his running mate William Samoei Ruto, shall be the only candidates,” read part of the statement released by the IEBC.

This did not go down well with Thirdway Alliance presidential candidate Ekuru Aukot who has threatened to move to court over the decision.

The statement from the electoral body also touched on the changes that need to be made in order for the fresh elections to be legal. It said it is revising the operation and procedural requirements and will share details with stakeholders.

It urged the Supreme Court to release the detailed judgment so that it can identify areas of improvement.



IEBC, however, did not mention the possibility of any personnel changes although it had pledged to do so following the judgment.

It also follows calls from the opposition who want the electoral body’s hierarchy prosecuted.

“If Uhuru and Ruto think that Wafula Chebukati, Ezra Chiloba and company will conduct the fresh polls they are dreaming. How can you be sure that they will not steal elections again? How can you task a hyena to take care of goats?” Odinga recently said at a rally in Nairobi.

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Mr. Odinga has, meanwhile, also dismissed the October 17 fresh presidential election date.

During a Citizen TV interview, Raila said the National Super Alliance was not consulted before the date was reached. He also said that issues raised about the polls have not yet been addressed.