Kenyan Opposition Files Petition to Overturn Election Result

Lester Mason
August 19, 2017

Nasa says they have electronic evidence showing how slain Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) ICT manager Chris Msando's allegedly stolen credentials were used to rig the election, a claim Nasa have consistently maintained.

Despite a tense atmosphere during the elections, global observers described the whole process as "transparent" and "fair" after Kenyatta was declared victor by the Electoral Commission. The vote was "fatally compromised" and should be nullified, according to court documents submitted by the opposition's lawyers.

"This is just the beginning, we will not accept and move on", he added. "We shall hold vigils, moments of silence, beat drums and do everything else to peacefully draw attention to the gross electoral injustices. and demand redress", he said.

Court registrar Esther Nyaiyaki received piles of bound papers from lawyers representing the National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition, 90 minutes before the midnight deadline for challenges to be lodged. The petition was officially filed at 11.42pm. In a Facebook post, president Akufo-Addo wrote: "This is to extend my warm congratulations to President Uhuru Kenyatta, on his hard-fought victory and emphatic re-election in the Kenyan presidential election of August 8, 2017".

President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged Kenyans to continue with their normal businesses as the Supreme Court handles a case on presidential results.

The opposition dismissed the election process as, "so badly conducted and marred with such glaring irregularities that it does not matter who won, or who was declared the victor".


The streets of Nairobi's populous slum of Kibera were empty ahead of Odinga's statements, with businesses closed as they awaited his announcement.

The rigging claims sparked violent protests in the opposition stronghold between police and civilians protesting the results after the electoral commission declared Kenyatta the victor on August 11.

Despite the unrest in some areas over the past week, Kenya has appeared to avoid a repeat of the postelection violence a decade ago that left more than 1,000 people dead. The statement also accused election officials of faking documentation.

Odinga said the actions against the civil-society groups helped the opposition decide to take legal action.

"We had said we will not go to court. We have now made a decision to move to the Supreme Court and lay before the world the making of a "computer-generated" leadership", Raila said on Wednesday.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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