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Raila’s withdrawal is a political issue – Commissioner Akombe Says

Commissioner of the IEBC Roseline Akombe now says that the issue about Raila Odinga’s withdrawal from the 26 October repeat poll was purely a political one and cannot be solved by the commission.

Dr Akombe argues that decision by any gazetted candidate to participate or withdraw from the poll is an pertinent issue that cannot be solved by the IEBC alone because it is largely a political one.

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She maintained that commission cannot force Mr. Odinga to formalize his withdrawal by signing the form 24 A, noting that their sole responsibility is to continue with their technical preparation for the poll but leave the political issues to be handled politically.

Going by Akombe’s remarks,the commission will still maintain Mr Odinga’s name on the ballot ,not unless the outstanding political impasse is solved otherwise.

The IEBC Commissioner, who spoke on Monday at a hotel in Bondo where she assessed the progress of the on-going training of IEBC staffs ahead of the repeat polls, warned that the politicians should not expect that the commission can use an electoral process to address the outstanding political issues in this country.

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She reiterated that their job as a commission is to do the technical preparations for the elections and expect that the rests of the Kenyans including political leaders, the church and business community will come together to address the political questions about participation.

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