Kenyatta: Elections must be held this week

Kenyatta: Elections must be held this week

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta said re-runs for the presidential polls must be held on Thursday, notwithstanding doubts that elections will not be credible.

Kenya’s electoral commission annulled the election results that handed Kenyatta a win over his rival, Raila Odinga over irregularities. The judgment was a first on the continent, setting a precedent on rulings on election disputes.

“We have made funds available for the IEBC (the Independent Electoral and Boundary Commission) to do its job. Now they really should deliver,” Kenyatta said.

He met with electoral chief Wafula Chebukati and addressed his supporters on Monday. His insistence on having the polls held has intensified opposition protests.

The opposition has threatened to boycott the polls and its supporters contend there would be no elections without reforms they demanded.

Odinga and his senior party members have met with diplomats in Nairobi, where he reiterated that the East African nation is not equipped to conduct free and fair elections.

The international community has called calm fearing violence. Mobs attacked electoral commission centers in parts of western Kenya last week, disrupting training for electoral officials.

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