Raila Rejects 2022 Presidential Election Results

Azimio La Umoja Coalition Presidential candidate Raila Odinga has rejected the results of the 2022 Presidential election where UDA Party candidate William Ruto was declared the winner.

Addressing the media on Tuesday afternoon, Mr. Odinga announced he would be heading to court to challenge the results which he termed as null and void.

He accused the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman Wafula Chebukati of violating the Constitution and electoral laws in his decision to declare Ruto as President-elect.

“What we saw yesterday was a travesty of the laws of Kenya by Wafula Chebukati and a minority of IEBC commissioners… The figures announced by Wafula Chebukati are null and void and must be quashed by a court of law. In our view there is no legally declared president-elect,” said Odinga.

“Mr. Chebukati’s announcement purporting to announce a winner is a nullity. He (Chebukati) acted with gross impunity and in total disregard of the Constitution and our laws.”

Odinga claims that Chebukati exercised dictatorship and erred in law by proceeding to announce the election results despite four of the IEBC commissioners rejecting the results.

“The law is clear on the role of the chairperson of the IEBC. The law does not vest in the chairperson the powers of a dictator to rule the IEBC unilaterally,” said Odinga.

“The IEBC is structured as a democratic institution in which decisions must be taken either by consensus or by a vote of the majority. The chairperson and a tiny minority of commissioners have no legal authority to take weighty decisions and proclaim them as the rulings of the IEBC.”

Mr. Odinga claims Chebukati denied IEBC commissioners access to the final tally of the presidential election results before the official declaration of the election outcome Tuesday afternoon.

“I, Azimio and the nation at large, were shocked yesterday to learn that Mr. Chebukati alone decided to pronounce himself on the supposed winner of the 2022 presidential elections.  We understand that only Mr. Chebukati alone had access to the tally of the presidential vote,” said Odinga.

“He (Chebukati) denied all the commissioners access to that information until he suddenly appeared before the commissioners in the late afternoon to present them with a fait accompli.”

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