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Raila Odinga files online petition to challenge Kenya election outcome

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Raila Odinga files online petition to challenge Kenya election outcome

According to a lawyer for his Azimio La Umoja alliance, Kenyan presidential candidate Raila Odinga has submitted an electronic copy of his complaint against the outcome of this month’s election.

“What we did this morning is to file the online copy,” lawyer Daniel Maanzo told Kenyan television channel NTV Kenya on Monday. “After today there will be four days for the other parties to reply.”

The actual filing will take place later that day in Nairobi, the country’s capital.

Deputy President William Ruto was pronounced the election’s victor last week by a narrow margin, according to Wafula Chebukati, chair of the electoral commission. Four of the seven election commissioners disagreed, claiming that the results count had not been done in a fair and open manner.

 

This is Odinga’s fifth attempt for the president; he has accused rigging of several of his other defeats. These conflicts led to violence that resulted in over 1,200 fatalities in 2007 and over 100 fatalities ten years later.

Odinga boycotted the rerun after the Supreme Court annulled the election results in 2017 and mandated it because he lacked confidence in the electoral commission.

This time, the political establishment is on Odinga’s side. After a dispute with Ruto during the previous election, President Uhuru Kenyatta supported Odinga’s bid.

The election in the most prosperous and stable country in East Africa is seen as a democratic barometer for the rest of the continent.

The Supreme Court must hear the petition and reach a decision within 14 days after the filing date.

The People’s Petition by Raila Odinga and Martha Karua