October 26 gazetted as public holiday to allow Kenyans to vote
The government has gazette Thursday October 26, 2017 as a public holiday to allow Kenyans to vote in the repeat presidential election.
A special gazette notice from Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i stated that October 26 shall be a public holiday.
The notice said the move is “to allow Kenyans to participate in the fresh presidential elections.”
The special notice comes hours after the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairperson Wafula Chebukati listed conditions for his continued stay at the helm of the commission.
Nasa leader Raila Odinga on Thursday morning held a 40-minute meeting with Mr Chebukati and said he was willing to consider participating in a fresh election if his demands were met.
On Tuesday last week, Mr Odinga wrote to the commission withdrawing his candidature and that of his deputy from the fresh presidential election.
The ruling party through its presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto have maintained that the Thursday election will go on despite the opposition outfit’s withdrawal.
Mr Chebukati is set to meet the Jubilee and other candidates participating in the election on Monday.