Kenya opposition files challenge over election results

Kenya opposition files challenge over election results
From Al Jazeera - August 18, 2017

Lawyers representing the Kenyan opposition coalition National Super Alliance filed a petition on Friday with the Supreme Court challenging President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election, beating a midnight deadline.

A statement from the group's presidential candidate, Raila Odinga, and his running mate, Kalonzo Musyoka, said they turned to the high court because of alleged irregularities in the August 8 presidential vote.

Those included, among others, "numerous instances when their ticket was denied votes and others in which their competitor ... had undeserved votes added to his total," the statement read.

Odinga has rejected the electoral commission's results which say Kenyatta won by roughly 1.4 million votes, with 54% of the vote.

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Odinga claims, without providing proof, that hackers used the identity of a slain election official to manipulate the result in Kenyatta's favour.

The commission has said there was a hacking attempt but it failed, and election observers say they saw no signs of interference with the vote.

At first the opposition said a court challenge was not an option. But earlier this week Odinga made it clear they had changed their minds, saying, "This is just the beginning. We will not accept and move on."

The Supreme Court has 14 days to rule on the challenge.


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