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Uhuru explains what will happen in regions where people won’t turn up to vote

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Sunday insisted the repeat poll scheduled to happen on Thursday will proceed as planned even as NASA leader Railai Odinga maintains the polls won’t take place.

In an exclusive interview with Anne Kaguta of Citizen TV on Sunday night,the President was asked on the legitimacy of the October 26 poll considering most Kenyans from NASA strongholds may not vote, yet the constitution dictates that a president must be elected in an election held in all of the 290 constituencies.

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The president said that the electoral commissioners in those regions will have to follow the law by providing an opportunity for every registered voter to take part in the election, hence, regions where no vote is cast, the returning officers will have to file zero votes.

“So long as the returning officer says no one participated, that is a Kenyan exercising their democratic right (not to vote),” Kenyatta said, exuding confidence that the poll will meet the constitutional threshold.

Opinion remains divided with some political pundits arguing that the Thursday poll will not meet the credibility threshold if some constituencies opt out of the exercise.

President Kenyatta still maintained he will not dialogue with Raila Odinga ahead of the repeat poll that is just two days away.

Amid the ongoing rhetoric and grandstanding among the two major political sides, there have been calls for President Kenyatta and Mr Odinga to hold talks in a bid to quell the rising political tensions that have left the country on tenterhooks.

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However, Kenyatta said he can only hold talks with the National Super Alliance (NASA) presidential candidate after the October 26 election.


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