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Kenya’s top court rejects legal challenge to presidential election results

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Elvis Adjetey
Elvis Adjetey
Elvis Adjetey is an experienced African journalist who has worked with top media brands in Ghana where he is based.

Kenya’s supreme court on Monday unanimously dismissed the legal challenge to last month’s presidential election results.

The Supreme Court delivered its verdict on the petition which was filed by several others including opposition leader, Raila Odinga.

Raila Odinga shortly after deputy president, William Ruto was declared winner of the election rejected the results and announced to contest it in court.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga who was making his fifth presidential bid had said that Deputy President William Ruto’s narrow win last month was due to massive fraud.

Four out of seven election commissioners disowned the result announced by the commission chairman, saying the tallying had been opaque.

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The Court last week laid out eight questions it will answer when ruling on the petition including whether the commission’s website was hacked.

The Supreme Court was also to decide if the polling station returns were interfered with and whether the postponement of eight gubernatorial and legislative elections disadvantaged any candidate.

In its ruling, the court said there wasn’t enough evidence to proof the claims of the petitioners. It therefore decided to uphold the declaration made by the election commission.

The Chief Justice Martha Koome delivered the decision of the seven-member panel.

In 2017 the Supreme Court annulled President Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory over Odinga because of procedural irregularities although Kenyatta prevailed in a re-run that Odinga boycotted.

But before the conclusion of that electoral process about 100 people were killed in election-related clashes that year.


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