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

The 77-year-old presidential hopeful said his Azimio La Umoja Party (One Kenya Coalition Party) will look to the Supreme Court to deliver justice.

• August 16, 2022
Raila Odinga and William Ruto
Raila Odinga

Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has said he will contest the presidential elections declared by Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission chairman Wafula Chebukati on Monday.

Mr Odinga, who had received the backing of outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta, said on Tuesday that he rejects the election results that saw Deputy President William Ruto win the presidential vote.

“What we saw yesterday was a travesty and a blatant disregard of the constitution of Kenya by Mr Chebukati,” Mr Odinga said at a press conference at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) in Nairobi on Tuesday. 

The 77-year-old presidential hopeful said his Azimio La Umoja Party (One Kenya Coalition Party) will look to the Supreme Court to deliver justice. 

Mr Odinga’s rejection of the results comes as the Deputy Chairperson of the Independent Electoral and Border Commission, Juliana Cherera, and three other commissioners rejected the results Kenyan presidential election results. 

“We are not able to take ownership of the results that will be announced,’’ Juliana Cherera, the deputy chairperson of the electoral commission told a media briefing at a different venue from where the announcement was to be made.

His rival, Deputy President William Ruto scored 50.49 per cent of the votes over Mr Odinga’s 48.85 per cent, per official results announced by Mr Chebukatu at the Bomas of Kenya venue of the declaration.

It took a week for the electoral body to tally results from across the country’s 47 counties.

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