Kenya Opposition Files Challenge Over Election Results

Kenya Opposition Files Challenge Over Election Results

Odinga has rejected the electoral commission's results which say Kenyatta won by roughly 1.4 million votes, with 54% of the vote.

The National Super Alliance (NASA) flagbearer Raila Odinga finally filed his petition challenging President Uhuru Kenyatta victory at the Supreme Court, after keeping his die-hard supporters waiting for hours.

The opposition coalition alleged that it has sufficient evidence that their agents who were in Jubilee's Rift Valley and Central regions strongholds were forcefully sent out of polling stations and replaced by imposters who then went on to sign doctored result forms in favor of President Kenyatta, adding the irregularity was also witnessed in several other parts of the country.

But a statement from Dennis Onyango, a spokesman for Odinga, gave details of the petition, saying votes for the opposition had been removed from the some of the totals.

Illegal voting and results also emerged from 443 polling centers, which were not officially listed as voting centers as required by the election regulations.

"The nature and extent of the flaws and irregularities so significantly affected the results that the IEBC (election commission) can not accurately and verifiably determine the number of votes any of the candidates received", the petition concluded.

Election officials have been at the National Tallying Centre long after the declaration of presidential results, to scan and upload the crucial forms from all the 40,883 polling stations countrywide.

The high court's ruling will be in two weeks, after it hears the opposition's petition and legal responses from Kenyatta's Jubilee Party and country's electoral commission.

If the court upholds the election, Kenyatta will be sworn in.

The opposition says 100 people were killed in violence during the election, while police gave a death toll of 10 for Nairobi.

Foreign observers have mostly certified the elections as meeting the global standards of fair, free, credible and transparent.

The rigging claims sparked violent protests in the opposition stronghold after the electoral commission declared Kenyatta the victor on August 11.



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