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Kenya Presidential Election: Raila Odinga rejects election result

Presidential runner-up Raila Odinga, whose Azimio La Umjoa coalition alleged vote-rigging in Monday’s result, is speaking publicly for the first time since his defeat.

Addressing the nation from Azimio’s media HQ in Nairobi, he says:

“Millions of Kenyans turned out in large numbers in an attempt to choose their leaders… But yesterday our budding democracy suffered a major setback.

“Kenya faces a grave legal and political crisis as a result of the actions of Wafula Chebukati, the IEBC [election commission] chairman.

“What we saw yesterday was a travesty and a blatant disregard for the constitution and the laws of Kenya.”

“The figures announced by Mr Chebukati are null and void, and must be quashed by a court of law.”

He also says:

“Unless a unanimous decision is reached on any matter, the commission will be made by a majority of the members present”, he says quoting from legislation, suggesting that the four out of seven dissenting electoral commissioners should have had their objections upheld.

“For avoidance of doubt, I want to repeat: We totally and without reservation reject the presidential results announced yesterday by [electoral commission chairman] Mr Chebukati,” Mr Odinga says.

He also accuses the electoral chairman of bullying election counters who disagreed with him.


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