Kenya’s Odinga says presidential election result ‘null and void’


  • Odinga calls on supporters to remain peaceful
  • Tranquility returns to the streets of Kibera slum and Kisumu . city
  • Election result rejected by majority of election officials

NAIROBI/KISUMU, Aug. 16 (Reuters) – Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga rejected the results of the August 9 presidential election he declared lost, adding on Tuesday that Kenyan democracy is facing a long legal crisis.

His first comments on the results came shortly after four of the seven election commissioners said they stood by their decision to reject the presidential election results the day before, saying the final census process had been “opaque”.

“We believe that the figures announced by (Election Commission Chairman Wafula) Chebukati are null and void and should be quashed by the court,” Odinga, who made his fifth bid for the presidency, told a news conference.

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“What we saw yesterday was a mockery,” he said. “Let no one take the law into their own hands.”

Chebukati declared current Vice President William Ruto the winner on Monday with 50.49% of the vote against Odinga’s 48.5%. Minutes earlier, his deputy Juliana Cherera had told the media in a separate location that she and three other commissioners were rejecting the results.

Speaking on behalf of the group on Tuesday, Cherera said the results that gave Ruto a wafer-thin victory had been incorrectly aggregated and accused Chebukati of overriding their questions about the final count. She said the elections had been conducted properly.

Chebukati and the four dissenting commissioners did not respond to Reuters’ requests for comment.

Odinga broadcast the deviant committee members’ own press conference at his own venue before taking the stage.

In his speech, he urged his supporters to keep the peace and not take the law into their own hands.

Monday’s dramatic events sparked fears of violence as seen after previous elections in Kenya, usually one of Africa’s most stable countries, and Odinga has faced calls from home and abroad to work towards resolving problems. any disputes before the courts.

In 2017, more than 100 people were killed after the Supreme Court overturned the result over anomalies in the voting process. Ten years earlier, after the 2007 presidential election, more than 1,200 people were killed in widespread violence.

At a busy restaurant in the western city of Kisumu, a stronghold of Odinga, there was sporadic applause as he dismissed yesterday’s results on live television.

In Kisumu and Nairobi’s huge Kibera slum, where most voters also strongly support Odinga, calm had returned to the streets after protesters battled police and burned tires at night.

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Reporting by Duncan Miriri, George Obulutsa and David Lewis in Nairobi, Ayenat Mersie and Kevine Omollo in Kisumu Writing by James Macharia Chege Editing by Catherine Evans

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