Kenya’s opposition candidate Raila Odinga has told DW that some changes need to take place at the electoral commission if he is to take part in the repeat election set for October 26. President Uhuru Kenyatta disagrees.
In its final ruling, Kenya's Supreme Court blamed the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) for releasing unverified presidential results. The court annulled President Uhuru Kenyatta's victory and ordered a repeat of the presidential election within 60 days. NASA's presidential flagbearer Raila Odinga spoke exclusively to DW's Dotto Bulendu about the stalemate surrounding the repeat election.
DW: How satisfied are you with the final ruling by Kenya's Supreme Court?
Raila Odinga: I am totally satisfied with the ruling because it completely annulled the fake [presidential] election victory of President Uhuru Kenyatta which took place on August 8. The court also ordered that a fresh election be conducted within 60 days. So I can say that the decision is a historic one not only in Kenya but also the entire African continent. It signaled that the era of electoral fraud in presidential elections is coming to an end.
And you don't have any other lingering complaints?
The complaints have to do with the preparation of the repeat election, we [NASA opposition coalition], have made it clear that we don't want to be part of the election, if the system that was used to steal the election has not been rectified.
What precisely is it that you would wish to see changed so that you can be part of the repeat election?
We have said that we need to see changes at IEBC. Those who were involved in electoral fraud must be charged in accordance with Kenyan law and those companies that were involved in these matters, such as the company which was responsible for providing technological systems for the transmission of election results (Safran Morpho), as well as the one that was contracted to print ballot papers (Al-Ghurair Printing and Publishing Company), be removed and those contracts be given to other companies.