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Defeated Odinga says Kenyan election outcome ‘null and void’

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Veteran opposition chief Raila Odinga says he’ll pursue authorized and constitutional choices to contest outcomes of presidential election.

Kenya’s defeated presidential candidate Raila Odinga has rejected as “null and void” the results of the August 9 election and stated that Kenya’s democracy faces a protracted authorized disaster.

Deputy President William Ruto was formally declared the winner on Monday by a slender margin.

Odinga’s first feedback on the outcome got here shortly after 4 of the seven election commissioners stated they stood by their determination a day earlier to disown the end result of the presidential ballot, saying the ultimate tallying course of had been “opaque”.

“Our view is that the figures announced by [electoral commission chairman Wafula] Chebukati are null and void and must be quashed by court of law,” Odinga, who was making his fifth bid for the presidency, informed a information convention on Tuesday.

“What we saw yesterday (Monday) was a travesty and a blatant disregard of the constitution and the laws of Kenya,” he stated.

“Will be pursuing all constitutional and legal options available to us.”

Odinga is predicted to attraction the outcome at Kenya’s Supreme Court.

Chebukati declared present Deputy President William Ruto the winner on Monday with 50.49 p.c of the vote in opposition to Odinga’s 48.5 p.c.

Minutes earlier, the Vice Chairperson of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Juliana Cherera informed media at a separate location that she and three different commissioners disowned the outcomes.

Cherera stated the outcomes that gave Ruto a wafer-thin victory have been erroneously aggregated and accused Chebukati of overruling their questions on the ultimate tally. She stated the elections had been performed correctly.

Odinga broadcast the dissenting fee members’ information convention at his personal venue earlier than taking the stage.

Bobby Mkangi, a constitutional lawyer, stated that if the Supreme Court reverses Chebukati’s determination, Kenya faces new elections in 60 days, including that in any other case the president-elect might be sworn in inside seven days.

He informed Al Jazeera that the authorized course of is more likely to stop turmoil within the nation and violence on the streets.

“The new constitution infused necessary processes from the lessons learned from the 2007 violence,” Mkangi stated.

“We have a robust and more independent judiciary. This will be third time the Supreme Court will be entertaining such a petition,” he additionally stated.

Kenya’s deadliest electoral violence occurred after the 2007 vote, when greater than 1,100 folks died in bloodletting between rival tribes.

In August 2017, the Supreme Court annulled the election after Odinga rejected a Kenyatta victory. Dozens of individuals have been killed by police in post-poll protests.

Call for peace

On the marketing campaign path, each contestants pledged to resolve any disputes in courtroom moderately than on the streets.

Violent protests however erupted in Odinga’s strongholds in casual settlements within the capital, Nairobi, and the lakeside metropolis of Kisumu on Monday night, though the state of affairs was calm on Tuesday.

In his speech, he urged his supporters to take care of peace.

“Let no one take the law into their own hands,” he stated.

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