Raila Odinga ordered by court to declare participation in election

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In the run-up to the reelection, there were attempts by Kenyatta's Jubilee Party, which has a majority in parliament, to reform electoral laws and the IEBC, but the opposition dismissed the efforts as insincere.

Al Jazeera's Mohammed Adow, who has covered Kenya extensively, says Odinga has taken the decision perhaps in the hope that people are going to listen to him and organise those reforms.

Supporters of the opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition run as riot policemen fire tear gas to disperse them during a protest calling for the sacking of election board officials involved in August's cancelled presidential vote, in Nairobi, Kenya October 6, 2017.

Last month, Kenya's Supreme Court voided the August 8 presidential election, citing irregularities, but did not criticize any specific individual at the election board.

The initial results announced on August 11, gave Kenyatta a second term with 54 per cent of the votes, followed by Odinga with 44.7 per cent.

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Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga has pulled out of October's election re-run.

The human rights report said some deaths were "attributed to police using live bullets and a few from police bludgeoning using clubs", the report said.

"I am now hearing that he has withdrawn from the presidential race after taking us in circles when Ksh12 billion has been allocated for preparations of the repeat election".

"We will not allow autocracy back into Kenya", Odinga said.

Incumbent president Uhuru Kenyatta responded by telling local press there was nowhere in law that required the electoral body to consult Mr Odinga.

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Odinga said at a news conference in Nairobi that he was boycotting the polls because his demands for electoral reform had not been met.

Mr Kenyatta has said he does not want changes to the election commission.

The IEBC has been split between chairman Wafula Chebukati - who has demanded answers to the technical problems which marred the first poll - and chief executive Ezra Chiloba, who insists that only minor irregularities took place in an otherwise free and fair vote.

Raila said the withdrawal from the election "is in the best interest of the country and a win-win for everyone".

They said they have slowed down their activities because "there is no need to campaign for an election you will not participate in".

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