The announcement of the date for the re-run of Kenya’s presidential election kicks off a series of events that will ultimately determine what kind of election Kenyans will have on 17 October.
The election commissioners, who have been criticised, mostly by opposition supporters since Friday’s ruling, have a tough task to win back the public’s trust, but they have to rise to the occasion.
The public will be watching if the electoral commission’s chairman, Wafula Chebukati, will follow through with his promise to restructure his team before the re-run to win public trust.
Other groups that should also work on winning back public confidence are the international election observers, the Kenyan media and opinion pollsters, who are perceived to have made the wrong call when it came to the 8 August presidential poll.
A document from Kenya’s electoral commission – the IEBC – confirms the 17 October presidential election date, and the fact that only two names will be on the ballot paper.
However presidential candidate who took part in Kenya’s 8 August election has tweeted that he will go to court to challenge the decision of the electoral commission (IEBC) to have only incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta and his main challenger, Raila Odinga, on the ballot paper for the re-run election slated for 17 October.
There were six other candidates on the ballot paper in August