The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has said that the repeat presidential election scheduled for October 26 will go on as planned.
In a statement to media houses on Wednesday, the electoral body said according to the High Court ruling on Presidential candidate Ekuro Aukot that was seeking to be included in the fresh poll, all the 8 candidates who participated in the August 8 election that was nullified by the Supreme Court, will be on the ballot for repeat election.
The statement by IEBC comes just a day after the National Super Alliance (NASA) presidential candidate Raila Odinga and his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka withdrew from the October 26 poll and demanded for fresh presidential election in 90 days with fresh nomination of candidates as stated in the Supreme Court ruling of 2013 presidential petition.
Raila said NASA made the decision to withdraw because they believe the electoral body is not prepared to conduct free, fair and credible election on October 26.
Mr Odinga said the decision will give IEBC enough time to make reforms that the NASA leaders are demanding for before a new election is held.
The electoral agency said the NASA flag bearer did not fill form 24A which is required for any candidate who wish to withdraw from a presidential election. The Commission said Mr Odinga and Mr Musyoka only submitted a letter.
The opposition coalition has been calling for reform at IEBC before the fresh presiential election is held.
Before withdrawing from the race, NASA leaders maintained that there shall be no election if their irreducible minimums are not met by the electoral body.
In their demands, NASA leaders wants the IEBC officials who are alleged to have bungled the August 8 election to resign and be prosecuted starting with the Commission’s Chief Executive Officer Ezra Chiloba.
On Tuesday, IEBC wrote to NASA responding to its irreducible minimums on Electoral Reforms before the fresh elections, where the Commission stated that it has made the necessary steps to guarantee the integrity of the repeat presidential election.
President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto have also reiterated that the repeat presidential elections would go ahead as scheduled with IEBC as currently constituted presiding.
By Charles Okuku.