Odinga Challenges Ruto’s Win In Supreme Court

By Samuel Ouma

Odinga and Martha

Kenyan veteran opposition leader has filed a petition challenging the presidential elections results released last week.

Odinga and his team first filed an electronic copy of the presidential petition before submitting physical documents at Milimani Law Courts in Nairobi.

The Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Alliance coalition presidential candidate was accompanied by his running mate Martha Karua and a section of leaders allied to the alliance.

The Odinga’s team believe they have sufficient proof that August 9, 2022, polls were not free and fair.

“We have a strong petition, and we’re hopeful that it will go through. We’re asking the court to decide if the constitution was followed in declaring the presidential results. If it was not within the constitution, then it is null and void,” said Senator Dan Maanzo, one of Odinga’s lawyers.

The Supreme Court has 14 days to hear Odinga’s case and render a decision.

If the seven judges rule in Odinga’s favour, they could order a vote recount, a new election, or award Odinga the presidency.

The country’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) declared William Ruto the President-Elect with 50.49 per cent of the total votes cast against Odinga’s 48.85 per cent.

The result has been challenged by Odinga’s camp and four of the seven commissioners on the election body that oversaw the vote.

Led by Juliana Cherera, IEBC vice-chairperson, the commissioners accused the commission’s chairman Wafula Chebukati of manipulating figures in favour of Ruto.

 

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