World papers and magazines ask IEBC to postpone repeat polls

IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba (right) and Chairman Wafula Chebukati. The commission is set to conduct repeat presidential election on Thursday. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • The Supreme Court ordered a fresh presidential election after it ruled that the August 8 polls were marred by irregularities and illegalities.
  • Bloomberg said holding the Thursday polls without electoral reforms threatens unrest and undermines a landmark court decision affirming the importance of transparent, free and fair elections.
  • The Washington Post said if President Kenyatta is re-elected on October 26, it will leave him with a weakened domestic mandate and a lack of international credibility.
  • The Post added that Nasa leader Raila Odinga’s tactics and the government’s harsh response risked fuelling a conflict that Kenya cannot afford.

World-leading publications have penned hard-hitting editorials, calling for the postponement of the Thursday repeat presidential election and for Kenya’s main political parties to drop their hard line stances.

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