- Official results show that he fell short against Deputy President William Ruto.
- Electoral board chief Wafula Chebukati has been charged with “blatant disregard” of the constitution.
- Four of the seven electoral commissioners refused to certify Monday’s election results
The results of Kenya’s presidential election have been disputed by Raila Odinga, who claimed that the figures released on Monday were “null and invalid.”
The official results show that Mr. Odinga fell short against Deputy President William Ruto.
The head of the election board was charged by Mr. Odinga with “blatant disregard of the constitution.”
He declared, “We totally without reservation reject the presidential election results.”
Speaking in front of supporters in Nairobi, the country’s capital, he declared that “neither a legally elected winner nor a president-elect” had been chosen.
The 77-year-old veteran of the opposition was seeking the presidency for a record fifth time. He successfully contested the outcomes of the previous two elections, including the most recent one in 2017.
This time, according to Wafula Chebukati, the chairman of the electoral authority, he received 48.8% of the vote, compared to Mr. Ruto’s 50.5%, in the election last Tuesday.
Mr. Odinga called Mr. Chebukati’s actions “gross impunity” and vowed that his team will take every available legal action. He described his announcement as “a big setback” for Kenya’s democracy and the potential start of a political catastrophe.
He claimed that by declaring the outcome without the support of his other commissioners, Mr. Chebukati broke the law. However, Musalia Mudavadi, a supporter of Mr. Ruto, said on BBC Focus on Africa radio that while commissioners are required to compile the results, they do not decide the outcome.
This is a legal issue that might ultimately need to be resolved in court.
Four of the seven electoral commissioners who refused to certify Monday’s results convened a press conference to explain their positions just before Mr. Odinga took the stage.
They claimed that Mr. Chebukati ignored them and announced findings that were “mathematical absurdities that defy logic.”
The commission’s vice-chairwoman, Juliana Cherera, stated that when the chairperson’s percentages were added together, the total was 100.01%.
However, according to the BBC Reality Check team, this was only a rounding error and is not suspicious.
However, Mr. Odinga praised the four commissioners for their “heroism.”
“The majority of (the electoral commission) – who stood up to the bullying and illegal conduct of Mr Chebukati, we are proud of them and ask them not to fear anything. Kenyans are with them,” he said.
On Monday, Mr. Ruto called the commissioners’ concerns a “side-show,” but he added that he would respect the legal procedure. He also urged unity, stating that the country should put its attention on the future and that he intended to be a president for all.
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