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Dickens Olewe: What next in Kenya’s election crisis?

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Raila Odinga’s supporters accuse key election officials of being biased

Kenya’s High Court has ruled that all candidates who participated in the 8 August presidential election can now stand in the re-run later this month.

This comes a day after the main opposition candidate, Raila Odinga, announced that he was pulling out.

The re-run was ordered by the Supreme Court, which annulled the August vote won by President Uhuru Kenyatta, citing irregularities and illegalities.

But Mr Odinga says that nothing has changed, so the same mistakes would probably be made in the new election.

Meanwhile, parliament has passed a series of changes to the election law, which the opposition has condemned.

Will the re-run still take place?

Yes.

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Uhuru Kenyatta has been criss-crossing the country to win support ahead of the re-run

According to the constitution, it must be held by 1 November.

And the latest court order means that even though Mr Odinga has pulled out, President Uhuru Kenyatta should still face some competition, unless they all pull out as well.

From Mr Kenyatta’s point of view, that lends some credibility to the poll, even though the other candidates got less than 1% of the vote between them, so Mr Kenyatta looks set to be re-elected.

Initially, the re-run had been due to only feature President Kenyatta and Mr Odinga, who gained 54% and 45% of the vote respectively.

Why did Mr Odinga pull out?

Media captionRaila Odinga: “The election (on 26 October) will be worse than the previous”

His National Super Alliance

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