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Kenyan Election to Go Ahead as Scheduled

By VOA News October 25, 2017

Kenya's re-run presidential election will continue as scheduled, after the country's Supreme Court was unable to hold a hearing to consider postponing it.

"Based on assurances given to this commission by the relevant authorities and security agencies, the election as scheduled will go ahead tomorrow, the 26th of October," said Wafula Chebukati, head of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.

But Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga, who dropped out of the re-run earlier this month, called for a "resistance movement" to boycott the elections Wednesday.

Odinga urged his supporters to "look upon their brothers and sisters with suspicion."

"Do not assault them, open their eyes to the injustices we all suffer," he said, also stating that the National Super Alliance (NASA) will be gathering all the country's progressive forces so that free, fair and credible elections can be organized within 90 days.

Earlier Wednesday, Chief Justice David Maraga said only two of the Supreme Court's seven judges were present for a vote to postpone the elections a day earlier, falling short of the five that are required.

A judge also ruled that appointments of electoral officers for Thursday's election were done illegally.

Kenya's election commission said the appointments were still valid and that the officers "will conduct the fresh presidential elections" on Thursday.

Thursday's vote is Kenya's second try this year to elect a president. The Supreme Court threw out the results of the August 8 election because of what it called "irregularities and illegalities."

VOA's Jill Craig contributed to this report.

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