Azimio La Umoja candidate Raila Odinga and his running mate, Martha Karua, filed a petition challenging the outcome of the presidential election at the Supreme Court of Kenya on Monday, claiming the election was manipulated to favour President-elect William Ruto.
They claim, among other things, that Dr Ruto did not garner 50 percent plus one vote required for a candidate to be declared the winner and that the electoral commission chairman Wafula Chebukati announced the outcome without tallying and verifying results from 27 constituencies, which would have affected the final tally.
The duo further says the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) cannot account for 250,000 votes that were cast, excluding votes cast by voters who voted manually. The Supreme Court has admitted eight other presidential election petitions, besides Mr Odinga’s and Ms Karua’s with six of them challenging Dr Ruto’s win.
What are Mr Odinga’s and Ms Karua’s prayers?
Mr Odinga and Ms Karua’s want, among others, the IEBC ordered to tally and verify the vote and declare them President-elect and Deputy President-elect. They also want a forensic audit of all equipment, system and technology used by the IEBC in the presidential election and Mr Chebukati declared unfit to hold public office.