, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 24 – The government has declared Wednesday, October 25 a public holiday.
According to a special gazette notice signed by Acting Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi, this will enable Kenyans prepare to participate in the fresh presidential election set for Thursday.
“It is notified for general information of the public that the Acting Cabinet Secretary for interior and Coordination of National government In exercise of powers conferred by section 3 of the Public Holidays Act, declares that Wednesday, the 25th October, 2017 be a public holiday to accord Kenyans the opportunity to participate in the Fresh Presidential Election,” read the gazette notice.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and the Jubilee government have maintained that the fresh election will go on as planned even after National Super Alliance presidential (NASA) candidate Raila Odinga withdrew from the poll.
On Tuesday, Odinga denied instructing supporters of the National Super Alliance to hold demonstrations during the repeat presidential election.
In an interview with the BBC, Odinga urged his supporters to stay away from the election.
Odinga’s remarks came barely hours after he held a rally in Kisii where he led Opposition leaders drawn from Kisii and Nyamira in declaring that there shall be no elections conducted in the two counties and his Kisumu backyard.