Cloudy Weather Report Ramallah, Palestine +4°C, Cloudy

Breaking News

Home | Kenya |

Election countdown: What to expect

More by this Author

There has been a lot of political activities as the country gears up for the repeat presidential election scheduled for October 26.

The repeat poll has also been clouded with uncertainty following the withdrawal of opposition leader Raila Odinga, who cited lack of reforms in the electoral body.

Here are some of the things expected to happen before October 26:

National prayer day

Nasa way forward

Mass protests

Below are some of the key highlights of what has transpired since the historic ruling by the Supreme Court.

The same day, opposition leader Raila Odinga lauded the Supreme Court ruling saying it has revealed what he termed as ‘utter rot’ in the electoral commission and electoral process.

Also gazetted Deputy President William Ruto and former vice president Kalonzo Musyoka as the running mates of Mr Kenyatta and Mr Odinga, respectively.

September 12: President Uhuru Kenyatta addressed the first sitting of the 12th Parliament. The joint sitting was boycotted by opposition legislators. Supreme Court judges, including Chief Justice David Maraga also skip event.

September 20: Supreme Court delivered its full judgment on the nullification of the August 8 presidential election. Chief Justice David Maraga, his Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu, Smokin Wanjala and Isaac Lenaola state that there was a mess in the transmission of results.

Justices Jackton Ojwang’ and Njoki Ndung’u disagree stating that Odinga, the petitioner, failed to prove claims that the polls were rigged in favour of President Kenyatta and that the polls were free, fair and credible as described by international observers.

October 2: Opposition started massive street protests in its strongholds to push for reforms at IEBC. The protests were later escalated to daily before the government banned the demos in the Central Business District in Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu citing wanton destruction of property.
The decision was later quashed by the High Court as picketing is a constitutional right of every citizen.

October 10: Opposition leader withdrew from the presidential repeat poll saying IEBC had blatantly refused to implement its 12 irreducible minimums thereby making the repeat poll less credible than the August 8 poll.
Mr Odinga demanded removal of some secretariat staff led by CEO Ezra Chiloba and other 11 officials whom he claimed bungled the August vote, removal of IT provider OT Morpho as well as ballot papers printer Al Ghurair.

IEBC was also directed to amend a gazette notice it had issued on presidential candidates to contest in the repeat election to include Mr Aukot's name.

October 12: Jubilee MPs passed the controversial Election Laws (Amendment) Bill 2017. According to the Bill, in the absence of the chair and the vice chair, the remaining five commissioners shall elect an acting chairperson. The Bill also make it a requirement for the IEBC to transmit results of the elections electronically and manually deliver them to the constituency and national tallying centers.
The Bill is now waiting presidential assent.

Opposition has vowed to challenge the amendments in court should President Kenyatta assent to it.

October 13: The electoral commission gazetted additional names of candidates for the repeat presidential elections slated for October 26. IEBC left out the name of former Lugari MP Cyrus Jirongo as he was recently declared bankrupt.

Mr Chebukati added the names of Dr Ekuru Aukot, Mr Abduba Dida, Mr Joseph Nyagah, Mr Michael Wainaina and Mr Japheth Kavinga as candidates joining President Uhuru Kenyatta of Jubilee and Nasa’s Raila Odinga in the race.

October 18: Commissioner Dr Roselyn Akombe resigned from the IEBC while in New York saying the October 26 repeat election as planned cannot meet the basic expectations of credibility and fairness.

"The commission in its current state can surely not guarantee a credible election on October 26. I don’t want to be party to such a mockery to electoral integrity," she said.

October 19: Embattled IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba takes a three week leave ahead of the repeat poll in order to build confidence in stakeholders who had complained about commission officials.

October 20: President Kenyatta during Mashujaa celebrations held at Uhuru Park, Nairobi assures the country that there will be elections on Thursday 26 telling the opposition to issue threats to Kenyans willing to exercise their right through the ballot.

Mr Odinga held a parallel Mashujaa fete in Kisumu County in honour of the victims that were killed by police during the anti-IEBC protests. He reiterated his clarion call to his supporters that there will be no election in October 26

Related Stories

Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are those of the writers and do not reflect those of accepts no responsibility legal or otherwise for their accuracy of content. Please report any inappropriate content to us, and we will evaluate it as a matter of priority.
What's next


No tags for this article

Related Articles

President Kenyatta calls for harmony ahead of poll

By KENNEDY KIMANTHIMore by this Author By SILAS APOLLOMore by this Author President Uhuru Kenyatta used Friday’s Mashujaa Day celebrations to send a clear signal that the

Eastleigh residents mobilise to help Somalia blast victims

By JACQUELINE KUBANIAMore by this Author By BRIAN MOSETIMore by this Author “Fire! Fire!” is the answer one gets after asking Omar Mohamed what he remembers about

Uriri MP Nyamita sues State over Raila security

By MAUREEN KAKAHMore by this Author Uriri MP Mark Nyamita has sued the State over the withdrawal of security of National Super Alliance presidential candidate Raila

Most Watched Videos

View all posts

More than 1,000 Nigerians detained in Chinese Prisons

Reports from China that no fewer than 1,000 Nigerians, especially youths, are currently detained in various Chinese prisons is, indeed, disheartening. Big story

Africa Worships With Sonnie Badu

Re - Live the live experience of Africa Worships with Sonnie Badu.  A night of fresh fire, oil and rain as promised by God's Servant. This

Most Read News

View all posts

Zim to chair Commission of African Registrar-Generals

AFRICAN registrars have called for realignment of legal frameworks and review on civil registration amid revelations that all 54 African countries still rely on colonial

Sudan:U.S. Renews Sudan Travel Warning

Washington — The US Department of State today issued a new travel warning to US Citizens of the risks of travel to Sudan. "US citizens

Africa:Hasta La Visa - When Travelling Takes a Wrong Turn

By Andre van Wyk Cape Town — We all know traveling is great - learning about new places and cultures while posting selfies to make friends

Restore hope to SA’s democracy

In his book The Price of Inequality, Joseph Stiglitz writes: “Countries around the world provide frightening examples of what happens to societies when they reach

South Africa:Cabinet Applauds National Tourism Monitors Programme

Cabinet has welcomed the launch of the National Tourism Monitors Programme in Soweto, which aims to improve the safety of tourists. Tourism Minister Tokozile Xasa launched

South Africa:Minister Tokozile Xasa Officiates Women in Tourism Graduation Ceremony

press releaseMinister of Tourism, Tokozile Xasa accompanied by Deputy Minister of Telecommunications, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams officiated the graduation ceremony of 16 women who completed the Executive

Most Watched Movies


Features: Ramsey Noah, Chet Anekwe, Vida DarkoMoments before his marriage, Charlie is conflicted about how to confront Vicki, his fiancee, about a questionable

Mother's Cult - Part 2

Sequel to Drop of Blood.       Starring: Patience Ozokwor, Ngozi Ezeonu, Mike Ezuruonye       How far will a mother go to make child(ren) happy to break the cycle of


ABOVE PRINCIPALITIES They've lived for about 20 year without a child. Theyare very influential in the society. It is indeed their  plight God grants

The King's Search - Part 2

Starring: Jim Iyke, Tonto Dike, Clem Ohameze

Innocent Pain

Features: MIKE EZURONYE, NGOZI EZEONU, YUL EDOCHIE, CHINWETALU AGWU.Enyioma (Mike Ezuruonye) and his friend Osondu (Yul Edochie) were driving down the road and

Stone of Tears - Part 2

Concluding part of Drop of Blood and Mothers Cult.   Starring: Patience Ozokwor, Ngozi Ezeonu, Mike Ezuruonye   How far will a mother go to make children happy to

Unfaithful 3

Features: Mike Ezuronye, Yul Edochie, Walter Anga He passed his entrance examination to study software engineering in an Indian University but decided not to study when

The King's Help 2 - Part 2

Sequel to "Troubled King"   Features: Kenneth Okonkwo, Mercy Johnson

Suspect - Part 2

Features: John Dumelo, Martha Ankomah, Emmanuel, Emoabino, Patrick Safo A virgin desperate to break her virginity because she was the odd one among her