How Raila’s past decisions shaped Kenya’s political landscape
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History will judge the prudence of the gamble Raila Odinga took in his last-minute decision to boycott last week’s repeat presidential election, giving Uhuru Kenyatta an easy ride to a possible second term in office.

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Opinion has been divided over Raila’s decision, which many viewed as having been calculated to scuttle the repeat poll once it became apparent that his “irreducible minimum” demands on the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) were not going to be met.

Political pundits argue that Raila, possibly on the advice of his lawyers, relied on an opinion rendered by the Supreme Court in its 2013 election petition ruling. The judges had said in the event one candidate pulls out of a repeat election after a successful petition, then the electoral commission should cancel the poll and organise for a new election through a fresh nomination process.

Source – Standard Media

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