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Raila Odinga rejects Kenya’s election results, heads to court

The veteran opposition leader, who lost his fifth bid for the presidency, urged his supporters to maintain peace and not take the law on their own hands, at a media briefing in the capital.

Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga of the Azimio La Umoja (Declaration of Unity) One Kenya Alliance, who competed in Kenya's presidential election, addresses the nation following the announcement of the results of the presidential election, in Nairobi, Kenya August 16, 2022. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

NAIROBI, KENYA: Raila Odinga, Kenya’s presidential runner-up in the recently concluded polls has rejected the election results that saw Deputy President William Ruto declared winner of the presidency, and vowed to pursue legal means to challenge the decision.

Speaking at the Kenyatta International Conference Center on Tuesday afternoon, Mr Odinga said Azimio la Umoja will contest the outcome of the elections at the Supreme Court.

Mr Odinga also faulted the chairman of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Wafula Chebukati saying the figures he announced are null and void and that he should be charged in a court of law.

The veteran opposition leader, who lost his fifth bid for the presidency, urged his supporters to maintain peace and not take the law on their own hands, at a media briefing in the capital.

“Kenya faces a grave legal and political crisis. What happened yesterday was a travesty and blatant disregard of the laws of Kenya by Mr Chebukati,” Mr Odinga said, adding that “We totally reject the presidential results announced yesterday by Mr Chebukati.”

Mr Odinga also said he is exploring all constitutional and legal means to settle the matter and urged Azimio supporters to remain calm.

This development comes barely 24 hours after IEBC declared Kenya Kwanza Alliance presidential candidate William Ruto as the president elect. According to IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati, DP Ruto garnered 7,176,141 votes against Mr Odinga’s 6,942,930 votes.

Already, a section of leaders in the Azimio la Umoja have hinted that there were plans of the coalition to move to court to challenge the outcome of the elections. First was Ms Martha Karua who was Mr Odinga’s running mate.

Other leaders from the coalition who have also disputed the outcome include Siaya Governor James Orengo, Kisumu Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o, Narc party leader Ms Charity Ngilu and MP Otiende Amollo.

This is not the first time Mr Odinga has challenged the outcome of an election in the Supreme Court.

In 2017, he twice challenged the election of president Uhuru Kenyatta. In the first petition a decision was made that the presidential election be repeated while in the second the matter was thrown out of the Supreme Court.

With the announcement made by Mr Odinga, it means that his lawyers should file their case at the Supreme Court latest on Monday, August 22, 2022.
24 hours after filing the petition, the petitioner is supposed to serve the respondent and in return the respondent should file their rejoinder within four days.

According to the Supreme Court, the Interlocutory applications should be filed and served within 24 hours from the time the response of the petition has been filed.

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