National Super Alliance coalition presidential candidate Raila Odinga addresses a press conference in Nairobi, capital of Kenya, Oct. 10, 2017, announcing withdrawal from presidential rerun slated for Oct. 26. (Xinhua/Allan Mutiso)
NAIROBI, Oct. 12 (Xinhua) -- Kenya's poll body said Wednesday that it will proceed with the repeat presidential elections slated for Oct. 26 as earlier planned, saying all the eight candidates who participated in the nullified Aug. 8 polls will be included.
The Independent Electoral and Boundary Commission (IEBC) said opposition leader Raila Odinga who withdrew from the presidential race on Tuesday has not signed the requisite form to formally pull out of repeat elections.
"We note that Odinga and his running mate sent a letter dated Oct. 10 indicating that they had decided to withdraw from the fresh presidential election. They however have not submitted the statutory Form 24A," IEBC said in a statement issued on Wednesday evening.
According to IEBC, Odinga was yet to submit Form 24A supporting his decision to withdraw from the fresh presidential election.
"Once the commission receives the requisite notice from any of the candidates, it will process the same in accordance with the requisite provision of the law," it added.
"It is therefore the commission's position that the candidates for the fresh presidential election scheduled for Oct. 26 shall include all the eight candidates who participated in the Aug.8 presidential election," the IEBC said.
The poll body said it can not compel a candidate to participate in an election as the law allows a candidate to withdraw candidature by delivering to the commission a duly filled Form 24A.
The electoral commission said the decision came after High Court Justice John Mativo delivered a verdict that all candidates in the Aug. 8 election were entitled to participate as candidates in the fresh presidential election.
The IEBC appealed for calm and dialogue among all players to ensure that elections are successfully held and for the country to move forward.
While withdrawing his candidature, Odinga accused the IEBC of failing to address the opposition's "irreducible minimum" conditions for the October election.
Odinga noted that IEBC had "refused, neglected or failed to put in place mechanisms to correct illegalities and irregularities cited by the Supreme Court during the nullification of the August election."