Kenyan five-time presidential candidate Raila Odinga has Tuesday rejected results announced by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission – IEBC saying they are null and void.
According to Odinga, Wafula Chebukati’s announcement of President is null and void.
“We are going to take all legal options,” Odinga said.
Odinga who came second in the elections as announced by IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati on says that as of now, “There’s no legally declared winner or President-elect.”
“Our budding democracy yesterday suffered a major setback. Our constitution is very clear on how the IEBC should carry out its role. What we saw yesterday was a blatant disregard of the law by Mr Wafula Chebukati and the minority commission,” Odinga said.
“Figures announced by Chebukati are null and void. We will consider all constitutional and legal options available to us to make things right,” he added.
Odinga who was running under Azimio La Umoja Coalition came second in the heated election that saw William Samoei Ruto of the United Democratic Alliance announced winner.
According to the IEBC Chairperson, Ruto polled 7,176,141 votes which accounted for 50.49% of the total votes. Odinga came second after polling 6,942,930 votes which accounted for 48.85% of the total votes cast.
But prior to the announcement, four out of seven members of the IEBC distanced themselves from the results claiming that there was “opaqueness” towards the end of the verification.
“The laws are clear about how the IEBC should conduct its business. What we saw yesterday was a blatant disregard of the laws of Kenya, by Chebukati and the monitory of the IEBC,” Odinga said.
“Unless a unanimous decision is reached, a decision on any matter shall be by the majority.
“He [Chebukati] could have plunged our country into chaos had our supporters not exercised restraint. We totally without reservations reject results announced by Chebukati,” Odinga said.
Odinga praised the four commissioners who held a separate press conference saying that they should have no fear as Kenyans were protecting them.