National Super Alliance (NASA) leader Raila Odinga has withdrawn from the October 26 fresh presidential election.

Odinga says he cannot participate in the election under the existing circumstances, arguing that the contest cannot be free and fair.

“We have come to the conclusion that there is no intention on the part of the IEBC to undertake any changes to its operations and personnel to ensure that the “illegalities and irregularities” that led to the invalidation of the 8th August, 2008 do not happen again. All indications are that the election scheduled for 26 October will be worse than the previous one,” Odinga said.

He spoke hours after the electoral commission sent a letter to him informing him that it cannot meet all his demands – including having another firm other than Al Ghurair print ballot papers and the exit of IEBC Chief Executive Officer Ezra Chiloba.

Odinga is now preparing to jet out to the UK to give a lecture on the prevailing political situation in the country.