Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya Alliance leader Raila Odinga has rejected the presidential election results announced on Monday, 15th August, by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
Speaking at the KICC in Nairobi on Tuesday, 16th August, Raila maintained that the figures announced by IEBC chair Wafula Chebukati are null and void and must be quashed by a court of law.
He accused Chebukati of violating the Constitution and electoral laws in his decision to declare William Ruto the President-elect.
“Chebukati’s announcement purporting to announce a winner is a nullity. It is not us to determine if Mr Chebukati has committed a crime, we leave that to authorities to determine. The law shall take its course,” said Raila.
He also said that Chebukati declared the presidential results on his own, given the fact that four commissioners had disowned the outcome.
“The law does not vest in the chairperson the powers of a dictator to rule IEBC unilaterally. The IEBC is structured as a democratic institution in which decisions must be taken by consensus or by a vote of majority. The chairperson and a tiny minority of commissioners have no legal authority to take weighty decisions and proclaim them as rulings of the IEBC. The law on the IEBC provides that unless a unanimous decision is reached a decision on any matter before the commission shall be by a majority of the members present and voting,” he said.
He said Chebukati’s actions could have plunged the country into chaos, had his supporters not exercised great restraint.
He commended his supporters and urged them to maintain peace and calm as the coalition pursues constitutional avenues to invalidate the pronunciations by Mr Chebukati.
“For the avoidance of doubt, I want to repeat that we totally and without reservations reject the presidential results announced yesterday by Mr Chebukati,” he said.
“I want to commend our supporters for remaining calm and keeping the peace, and I urge them to continue to do so. Let no one take the law into their own hands. We are pursuing constitutional and lawful channels and processes to invalidate Mr Chebukati’s illegal and unconstitutional pronouncement. We are certain that justice will prevail.”
Chebukati declared Kenya Kwanza Alliance’s William Ruto as the president-elect after garnering 7,176,141 votes or 50.49 per cent of the tallied votes.
Raila came second with 6,942,930 votes or 48.85 per cent of the total votes tallied.