The Kenyan opposition chief, Raila Odinga, rejected as “null and void” the results of a presidential election he was declared to have misplaced, including that Kenya’s democracy confronted an extended authorized disaster.
His first feedback on the outcome got here minutes after 4 of the seven election commissioners stated on Tuesday they stood by their choice a day earlier to disown the results of the presidential ballot, saying the ultimate tallying course of had been “opaque”.
“Our view is that the figures introduced by [the electoral commission chairman, Wafula] Chebukati, are null and void and have to be quashed by court docket of legislation,” Odinga, who was making his fifth run for the presidency, instructed a information convention.
He broadcast the dissenting fee members’ information convention at his personal venue earlier than taking the stage.
Talking for the group, the electoral fee deputy chair, Juliana Cherera, stated the outcomes that gave the deputy president, William Ruto, a wafer-thin victory over Odinga have been erroneously aggregated. She stated the elections had been carried out in a correct method.
Chebukati declared Ruto the winner on Monday with 50.49% of the vote in opposition to Odinga’s 48.5%. Minutes earlier his deputy, Cherera, instructed media at a separate location that she and three different commissioners disowned the outcomes.
The dramatic occasions of Monday have raised fears of violence akin to that seen after earlier disputed polls.
In 2017, greater than 100 folks have been killed after the supreme court docket overturned the outcome, citing anomalies within the voting course of. A decade earlier, greater than 1,200 folks have been killed in widespread violence after the 2007 presidential vote.
With reminiscences nonetheless recent of post-election bloodshed in often steady Kenya, Odinga has confronted calls from residence and overseas to decide to resolving any issues over the election final result within the courts.