The runner-up in Kenya’s presidential election, longtime aspirant Raila Odinga, has rejected the final results announced, which gave his rival and current Deputy-president, William Ruto, victory.
In his first appearance since the result was announced on Monday, Odinga said he would challenge the results in court. The election had generated tension across the country, with both leading parties alleging rigging attempts as the result was being collated. Describing the election as “a travesty and a blatant disregard of the Constitution”, Odinga said, “we will pursue all legal and constitutional options available to us. We will do so in view of the many flaws in the elections”.
Ruto was declared president-elect after securing 50.5% of the votes cast, but there’s now a possibility that the Supreme Court will order a new election. The first signs of potential disagreement over the results came when four of the country’s electoral commissioners announced that they could not support the results announced by the Chairman of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), Wafula Chebukat.
Announcing their rejection of the results, the four commissioners said that the final calculation of votes was 100.01%, that the excess votes would have made a “significant difference”, and that the commission’s chairman did not give them the opportunity to discuss the results before going public.