Published: Sat, August 19, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Kenya's election : Defeated Odinga to take poll dispute to top court

Kenya's election : Defeated Odinga to take poll dispute to top court

The National Super Alliance (Nasa) has filed a petition at the Supreme Court challenging IEBC's declaration of President Uhuru Kenyatta as victor of the 2017 presidential election.

"We have left matters in the hands of Supreme Court and expect nothing but justice", Odinga said.

"The entire process of tallying recording, transmitting, verifying and confirmation of results was so fundamentally flawed that you can not talk of any meaningful results", NASA said in a statement outlining the alleged irregularities.

Nasa parted with KSh 1,734,250 as part of the required fees a presidential election petitioner is required to pay.

Police said they prevented demonstrators from entering the building.

"Worse, the process of relaying and transmitting results from polling stations to constituency to the National Tallying Center did not meet the standard established in the Constitution: it was not simple, accurate, verifiable, secure, accountable, transparent, open or prompt", Odinga said.

Despite a tense atmosphere during the elections, worldwide observers described the whole process as "transparent" and "fair" after Kenyatta was declared victor by the Electoral Commission.

But foreign observers described the election as free and fair.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga has refused to recognise the result believing that he has been cheated for a third time in a row.

NASA coalition rejected the presidential poll outcome terming the entire process as fraudulent, saying it affected almost all elective positions across the country and connected it to the murder of IEBC ICT Manager Chris Msando. The seven Supreme Court judges now have two weeks to hear the NASA petition and any legal responses from Kenyatta's Jubilee Party or the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) before ruling.

Friday is the deadline for filing court petitions contesting the August 8 election.

Babu Owino is among the vocal supporters of NASA's presidential candidate Raila Odinga and had on many occasions vowed to do everything possible to ensure Mr Odinga clinches the presidency but seemingly he is not seeing any grins of light at the end of the tunnel.

The rigging claims sparked violent protests in the opposition stronghold after the electoral commission declared Kenyatta the victor on August 11.

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