Kenya opposition challenges election outcome in court

Kenya opposition challenges election outcome in court

Kenya’s defeated opposition coalition have launched a legal petition in the East African nation’s Supreme Court challenging President Uhuru Kenyatta’s win.

The National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition led by Raila Odinga is demanding fresh polls be held saying the process of tallying and verifying the results were flawed.

The petition demanded the nullification of the results, dismissing the elections as “badly conducted and marred with glaring irregularities that it does not matter who was declared the winner.”

Odinga rejected the election results even before the electoral commission announced Kenyatta as the winner. Odinga said hackers interfered with the polls.

Kenya’s electoral commission said there were hacking attempts but none was successful and international electoral observers ruled out any such interference.

Odinga had said going to court was not an option increasing fears of violence, which already saw more than two dozen people being killed a day after the polls were held.

It will now take at least two weeks for the seven Supreme Court judges to hear NASA’s petition and make a ruling on their challenge, a decision critical to Odinga’s chances of becoming the country’s leader.

Odinga has contested in at least three elections, claiming he has been cheated on all of them. This year’s polls is seen as his last bid to holding the growing nation’s highest office.

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