Kenyan opposition party plans to boycott re-elections until demands are met

The new election date for Kenya has been set for 17 October.

This after Kenya’s Supreme Court judges nullified last month’s presidential election. Fresh elections were ordered to be held within 60 days.

Political analyst and Lecturer at Aga Khan University, Dr Sam Kamau, says the opposition party has come out with some conditions that should be instituted before elections can be held.

Among the conditions, is the removal of the CEO of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission and other staff members who are implicated in the bungled elections.

One, this to note is that the removal of the commissioners is stipulated in law and it cannot be done within the conditions that exist.

Dr Sam Kamau, Political analyst and Lecturer at Aga Khan University

But the commissioners can actually decide to remove some of the secretariat members who are headed by the CEO and I think this is part of the demand the opposition is putting before they can participate in the election.

Dr Sam Kamau, Political analyst and Lecturer at Aga Khan University

One of the things that came out of the opposition statements yesterday is that they are threatening to boycott the elections unless their list of nine demands are instituted by the commission.

Dr Sam Kamau, Political analyst and Lecturer at Aga Khan University

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