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High Court ruling removes doubts on October 26 polls

The IEBC will likely proceed with the October 26th poll with all the eight candidates who took part in the August 8 presidential election following yesterday’s High Court ruling by Justice John Mativo.

According to a draft statement from the commission-leaked to the media last night- Nasa candidate Raila Odinga has effectively been put back on the ballot despite writing to the electoral commission having pulled out of the race.

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The opposition leader will now need to formally exit the race by filling Form 24A, a process NASA considers unnecessary ,even though they might have to go through to effectively remove him from the poll.

Mr Odinga unexpectedly withdrew his candidature on Tuesday and demanded fresh polls within 90 days.

However, Justice Mativo’s ruling that allowed Thirdway Alliance candidate Ekuru Aukot to be included in the fresh poll, left the door open for any of the other candidates, but with an option of opting out, if they so wished.

Mr Odinga Is Still On The Ballot

The High Court’s decision,the IEBC statement said, meant that even Mr Raila Odinga was still on the ballot until he withdraws again, not using a letter as he did on Wednesday, but by the prescribed form 24A.

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Until Rail signs the prescribed form of withdrawal or goes back to the Supreme court for further interpretation ,all the eight will be deemed as candidates for the October 26 race.

The commission said it will not appeal against the ruling.

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