Kenya’s Laila Odinga files petition to court challenging election results

Thirteen days after the Kenyan general election, which saw where Vice President William Ruto declared the winner, his political opponent, Laila Odinga, who came in second place, announced the country’s highest order to challenge the result. went to court.

Lyra, accompanied by vice-presidential candidate Martha Kahlua, their legal team, affiliates, members of the One Keneny Coalition Party, and their supporters, filed a petition for the election where no evidence was available. I delivered a truck full of boxes.

“This is a fight to the death for the corruption cartels that will lose everything if democracy is hijacked. We are even prepared to kill people to take power, and we believe this is what happened in this election,” Odinga said.

His allegation is that President-elect William Ruto, leader of the United Democratic Alliance Party under the Kenya Kwanza (Kenya First) coalition, did not reach the constitutionally required standard of 50 percent plus one vote. That’s what it means. presidential polls.

He said this conclusion was reached after scientific and verifiable calculations by one of the witnesses, Dr. Edgar Otumba, stating that the 50% threshold should have been 7,176,582.766 votes and Ruto received 7,176,141 votes. He said he ran for office because he was declared the winner. 441.766 votes difference.

“Even based on the rigged voter turnout disparity, the petitioners (Laila and Kahlua) found the ninth respondent (Ruto) one of the valid votes in addition to the constitutional threshold of 50%. ,” said in part Azimio’s petition filed Monday.

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Presidential candidate Laila Odinga of Kenya’s Azimio Ra Umoja Party (Kenya’s One Coalition Party) waves to supporters outside the Milimani High Court in Nairobi on August 22, 2022. The 2022 election that gave victory to his rival William Ruto. (Simon Mainna/AFP via Getty Images)
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Kenyan presidential candidate Laila Odinga’s running mate Martha Kahlua (right) talks with former Kenyan Vice President Kalonzo Mushoka (left) as she arrives for a press conference at the Kenyatta International Convention Center (KICC) in Nairobi. .upon
On August 22, 2022, after he filed a petition in the country’s Supreme Court challenging the outcome of the August 9, 2022 election that gave victory to rival William Root. Odinga, a veteran opposition leader, President Uhuru Kenyatta and the ruling party, rejecting the results of the poll, calling it a “farce”. (Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP via Getty Images)


Kenya’s Supreme Court has received eight petitions on election results from David Ngari, John Kamau, Kelef Khalifa, Moses Kuria, Okiya Omtata, Ruben Kigame, Youth Advocacy Africa and Julia Chege .Route and others not supporting the winner.

Moses Clear Chamachakaji The (Labor) party leader, along with outgoing Mbeere South MP Geoffrey King’ang’i, is a petitioner to the Supreme Court seeking to dismiss a petition challenging the election of Dr. William Ruto as fifth president. is one of

In an affidavit, Clear said he is filing the petition based on events that occurred at the National Aggregation Center on the day the presidential results were announced.

“The actions of Mr. Odinga and Mr. Azimio by their agents amounted to a violation of national security. Because it caused fear and panic among Kenyans all over the world who were on television,” Clear said through an affidavit.

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The Kenyan daily Daily Nation has declared William Root, elected as Kenya’s fifth president, the winner of the hard-fought presidential election held in Eldoret on August 16, 2022. His opponents advocate foul play. All the attention was on defeated rival Laila Odinga. Laila Odinga has failed to make a public comment on the outcome of the Aug. 9 elections after failing in his fifth try as president. (Simon Mainna/AFP via Getty Images)

Well-known Kenyan human rights activist Okiya Omtata claims that neither Laila Odinga nor William Ruto have reached the 50% threshold.

Busia Senator-Elect Omutata won the 50% plus one vote required by Article 138(4)(a) of the Constitution because, according to his own analysis, the commission did not include uncounted votes. He said there were no candidates. A vote by a manually identified person at a polling place.

“Uncounted votes are those votes that were not taken into account when the IEBC Chairman, a former presidential election official, tallied and announced the national results of the presidential election,” he said.

Former presidential candidate Ruben Kigame, who also filed a petition with the Supreme Court, based his argument on the Independent Electoral Boundary Commission’s (IEBC) denial of competition.

“Plaintiff’s dreams were jeopardized due to unreasonable and discriminatory behavior by the first defendant in exercising their civil and political rights with other independent aspirants,” Kigame said. rice field.

Kigame further alleges that the commission’s requirement to produce ID cards from at least 48,000 registered voters in 24 counties in order for them to be nominated violated the Constitution.

“Through the nomination and clearance process, [chairman of the IEBC Wafula Wanyonyi] Chebukati is capricious, irrational, irrational, and utterly ignorant of the rule of law, and acts in a manner that brings dishonor to the institutions he serves and the positions he holds.

Mokugame is calling for the nullification of the presidential election.

Meanwhile, the IEBC says its officials were attacked in Nairobi while preparing responses to a presidential election petition.

“Today, Monday, August 22, 2022, at approximately 8:30 pm, an organized group wielding crude weapons attacked IEBC officials preparing responses to a presidential election petition at a facility in Nairobi. tried to attack, but they were repulsed by security.

“The Commission condemns this act of hooliganism and intimidation and calls on the Inspector General of Police (IG) to end this blatant abuse of the rule of law,” the Commission said.

The Supreme Court, led by Chief Justice Martha Coome, will hear and decide the case for 14 days starting August 22. A judge will deliver a verdict on September 5.

A bench of seven judges, chaired by Chief Justice Coome, will hold a pre-trial meeting on Wednesday or Thursday to decide how the petition will be handled. We will also establish engagement rules for the procedures for

If judges uphold the election of President-elect William Ruto, he will be sworn in on Sept. 13. On the other hand, the nullification of the election means that a re-election will be held within 60 days as stipulated in the constitution, which will take place on November 4th.

The results of the 2017 presidential election were annulled by former Chief Justice David Malaga and his team of judges. At least 37 people were killed in protests and riots sparked by the election chaos.

Dominic Kirui