Raila Odinga, the Kenyan Prime Minister who lost the hotly contested Presidential Election to Uhuru Kenyatta, has refused to concede defeat citing voting and tallying irregularities.
In his press briefing from CORD’s offices in Lavington in Nairobi shortly after Kenyatta was declared winner, Odinga said his team will challenge the election results in the Supreme Court of Kenya.
He cited several election irregularities. He cited failure of what he described as virtually every instrument that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries C omission – IEBC deployed for the election exercise. He cited some of them as failure of electronic identification kits, poll books, the servers; telephonic transmission among others which he said resulted into a flawed exercise.
He said this resulted into very massive tempering with the IEBC final register of voters. He also said the CORDs agents were expelled from the tallying centre thereby making mandatory verification of results impossible.
Odinga observed that the Kenyans were convinced that the IEBC would observe credible election that would unite the country following the 2007 election. He however says at the end of the election Kenyans are witnessing something different.
He also claims that voters’ registration numbers were reduced from CORD’s tramples and added to that of his rival Kenyatta’s.
He says in the results released by the IEBC tally does not match with the number of voters registered in some constituencies.
He noted that there has been a massive investment in the IEBC to ensure that its contribution in the election would firmly entrench democracy and rule of law unlike that of the 2007, but that he is not happy that IEBC has betrayed the public trust.
Odinga said CORD and ODM would have conceded if the IEBC had attempted to deliver a reasonable and honest election but that they will not concede because IEBC failed in its roles.
He cited the 2007 election in which the head of the electoral team announced the winner as Mwai Kibaki but later confessed that he did not know who actually won the election, something he said has been repeated this time.
Odinga who stressed and warned against any post election violence says he will challenge the results in court of laws. He says he is optimistic that that the Supreme Court will uphold the rule of law.
He warned that any violence now would completely destroy the economy of Kenya which is picking up from the 2007/2008 post election ethnic violence.
Uhuru Kenyatta, the Kenya’s Deputy Prime Minister has been confirmed as the winner of the hotly contested presidential election.
Ahmed Issack Hassan, the chairperson Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission( IEBC) announced at 2:40pm, Kenyatta the winner of the election after garnering 6, 137, 433 votes representing 50.03% to narrowly avoid a run-off ballot.
Kenyatta trounced his closest rival, Prime Minister Raila Odinga who scored 5, 340, 516 representing 43.4% in the poll that attracted voters’ turnout of 86%. A total of 12,330,028 people cast their votes.
Both of them however passed a second condition needed for victory – at least 25% of the vote in more than half of the 47 counties.
Known as Njamba or hero in his Kikuyu language, 51-year-old Uhuru Kenyatta, son of Kenya’s founding President Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, entered politics in 1990s and was groomed by the former President Daniel Arap Moi to be his successor.
He is also heir to one of the largest fortunes in Kenya.