Multiple court battles, street demonstrations and legal amendments have all combined to cast a dark shadow over the forthcoming repeat elections. Uncertainty has enveloped the country in the final days to the fresh presidential elections.
On the spot is the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), which has the arduous task of steering the country through this muddle.
On paper, the commission has determined that all eight candidates who were nominated in May and participated in the August elections will be put on the ballot for the re-run.
But already a spanner has been thrown in the works. A petitioner has gone to court to challenge that position.
Thirdway Alliance Party leader and presidential candidate Ekuru Aukot, who won a court case against IEBC to be included in the polls, has also rejected the plan.
Quite significantly, the withdrawal of National Super Alliance candidates Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka has not been dealt with conclusively. Yet, it is a matter that cannot be wished away so easily inasmuch as it is their right to bolt out.
On Friday, IEBC gazetted the returning officers and their deputies and spelt out procedures and procedures for transmission of results ostensibly in compliance to the directive of the Supreme Court.
But the concern still remains that there are other equally substantive changes it ought to have effected, within the limited time, to demonstrate commitment to delivery of quality and believable elections.
The impasse over the forthcoming elections is not only legal and administrative but also political. The politics of it starts with mistrust among the players, the prevailing environment for conducting campaigns, its financing and deployment of State agencies and resources.
IEBC is expected to provide leadership in all these. It needs to reach out, through which ever means, and get the political parties to the table to chart out the way forward and avert costly fall-outs.
For whatever it takes, there must be an all-inclusive dialogue over the polls. It would be vacuous to go to the elections just because the Supreme Court and the Constitution decreed