Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta accuses opposition chief Raila Odinga of wasting money

Sophia Abdi Noor

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Dr Aukot had moved to court after the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) gazetted President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga and their running mates, as the only persons eligible for the repeat poll.

The court rejected the August election in which President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared victor after Odinga challenged the results saying hackers infiltrated the electoral commission's computer system to alter the vote in Kenyatta's favor.

Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga has pulled out of October's election re-run.

"We have come to the conclusion that there is no intention on the part of the IEBC to undertake any changes to its operations and personnel - All indications are that the election scheduled for 26 October will be worse than the previous one".

Odinga's team claims its withdrawal requires the IEBC to cancel the election and conduct fresh nominations, which should take place at least 90 days before a general election.

Kenyatta says the vote will go ahead, while the election commission says it is meeting with its legal team on the way forward.

The Supreme Court on September 1 nullified Mr Kenyatta's August re-election, citing illegalities in the vote and the election commission's refusal to allow scrutiny of its computer system. He alleged that vote results had been hacked into and manipulated.

The opposition says the changes are meant to make the transmission of election results a manual process that would have fewer safeguards against fraud, and would make it more hard for the court to annul an election.

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