The Kenyan Parliament passed an amendment on Wednesday to the country’s election laws, saying that if one candidate withdraws from a repeat presidential election, the other one would automatically win.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Tuesday that a re-run of August’s nullified presidential election would go ahead as planned on Oct. 26 after opposition leader Raila Odinga said he was withdrawing from the “unfair” race.
Kenya’s chief prosecutor directed the department of criminal investigations and the anti-corruption commission to investigate election board officials over possible offences in the invalidated August 8 presidential vote, he said in a letter.
Kenya’s Supreme Court on Wednesday criticized the election board for failing to verify official results of last month’s presidential election before announcing them but stopped short of saying there was rigging.
Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga said on Tuesday his coalition would not participate in the rerun of a presidential election proposed for October 17 unless it is given “legal and constitutional” guarantees.