Odinga to challenge Kenya’s election results at Supreme Court

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Kenya’s Opposition leader Raila Odinga said on Wednesday that he will move to the Supreme Court to challenge the outcome of last week’s presidential elections.

Odinga said his opposition coalition, the National Super Alliance (Nasa) has evidence of massive irregularities that skewed the results in favour of incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta.

The electoral commission declared Kenyatta the winner of the hotly contested race with 54% of the total votes against Odinga’s 45%.

International observers described the elections as free and fair.

Kenyans have been waiting with baited breath to see what Odinga’s next move would be after he rejected the results of the polls and sporadic protests broke out in some of his strongholds.

The wait came to an end on Wednesday.

“”We have now decided to go to the Supreme Court and lay bare before the world the making of a computer generated leadership,” said Odinga.

Odinga, who has lost in three other elections, says the opposition coalition, Nasa, has evidence to prove that the electronic systems were manipulated and that results were not accompanied by declaration forms.

“We will show how they shamelessly cooked results from non-existent polling stations and faked and un-gazetted presiding and returning officers. They gave figures from non-existent forms 34a and 34b. They cooked numbers to the extent that vote tallies often surpassed registered voters in polling stations.”

Odinga’s announcement came moments after the European Union elections observer mission to Kenya called on the electoral commission to publish all results forms.

The commission says it has provided Nasa with all the declaration forms from the constituencies. It is yet to provide those from individual polling stations.

Odinga has until Friday this week to file his petition.

In 2013, Odinga went to the Supreme Court to petition Kenyatta’s win, but lost.

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– By Sarah Kimani