Kenyan opposition leader calls for protests on election day

Raila Odinga addresses his supporters at a past function

Kenya’s main opposition leader Raila Odinga has called for a mass protest on the date of the repeat presidential election that he withdrew from earlier this month.

Odinga’s NASA coalition has been holding weekly protests to push for reforms at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) ahead of the October 26 vote.

“Demonstrations will continue. October 26 will be the biggest demonstration of them all,” Reuters quotes him to have said on Wednesday.

Odinga’s call came on the back of a resignation by one of the country’s eight national electoral commissioners.

Roselyn Akombe, a commissioner of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) resigned on Wednesday morning in New York, where she had diverted to after a visit to Dubai where she had gone to supervise the printing of ballot papers.

“The Commission has become a party to the current crisis. The commission is under siege,” Akombe said in her resignation.

Kenya’s August 8 presidential election was nullified by the Supreme Court, which cited malpractices in the tallying and transmission processes.