Kenya is planning to go for a repeat election on Thursday October 26. Ballot papers with the names of the presidential candidates including the two main rivals president Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga have started arriving in the country despite an adamant Odinga saying he will not take part and that these elections will not happen because the electoral commission cannot guarantee a free and fair vote.
The first batch of ballot papers for Kenya’s repeat election arrived in the country on Saturday (October 21) from Dubai-based firm Al Ghurair, even as opposition leader Raila Odinga refuses to participate in the re-run, arguing that reforms were needed first to prevent fraud.
Officials from the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commissions (IEBC) were at the main airport to receive the papers – the first of three shipments, which will be dispatched to 40,883 polling stations across the country.
Kenya is holding the re-run after the Supreme Court threw out the result of an August 8 election won by the incumbent president Uhuru Kenyatta but disputed by the challenger, Odinga.
Odinga pulled out of the repeat poll earlier this month, saying the vote would not be free and fair and calling on his supporters to boycott the process.
The IEBC insists that the election will take place despite reports of attacks on IEBC officers in some opposition strongholds.