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Raila rejects Chebukati’s final declaration: IEBC drama on

(Last Updated On: 16 August 2022)

Raila said the figures announced by Wafula Chebukati, chairman of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission [IEBC] are “null and void.”


By Milton Emmy Akwam

Uganda – August 16, 2022: The former Prime Minster of Kenya Raila Odinga has Tuesday rejected the outcomes of the presidential election that saw William Ruto declared president-elect.

Raila, who contested with Ruto addressed the nation from the Kenyatta International Conference Centre [KICC] in Nairobi on Tuesday. 

He said the figures announced by Wafula Chebukati, chairman of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission [IEBC] are “null and void.”

The Azimo leader, however, asked Kenyans not to take the law into their own hands. “We accept that justice will prevail,” he added.

Odinga and his [legal] team have six days remaining to file a petition before the Kenyan Supreme Court to annul the victories of William Ruto – the President-elect.

“Chebukati acted with gross impunity, he could have plunged our country into chaos,” Raila added.

On Monday, Chebukati declared the Deputy President, the 5th President of Kenya, revealing he had obtained over 7.1m votes [50.49 percent]. Raila got 6.9m votes, representing 48.85 percent. Read the IEBC full presidential results here.

His announcement was marred with controversies with opposing politicians at Bomas of Kenya attacking him shortly after he arrived at the VIP section on how he mismanaged the presidential elections. His aides, he said later were injured in that scuffle; he was unhurt.

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 Another controversy happened at Serena Hotel Nairobi where four commissioners led by Juliana Cherera [Deputy IEBC Chairman and Commissioner] announced that Chebukati mismanaged the presidential results and that they would not be a party to the final announcement he was going to make.

 She said the results were opaque, calling the affected party to seek legal service.

On Tuesday, Cherera said by the time Chebukati was going to make his declaration; the results were not approved by all the seven IEBC commissioners. 

“Announcement made by Chebukati did not represent that of the IEBC but for himself.”

 Wafula told Kenyans that he did his democratic duty amidst intimidation and threats. He would be described as a “hero” by Ruto.

Ruto also described the 2022 general elections as the most transparent in the history of Kenya.

The President-elect has pledged to work with all the elected leaders of Kenya, revealing Monday evening that he had talked to Raila Odinga in the morning.

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