Kenya opposition to challenge re-election of Uhuru Kenyatta in court

17 August, 2017, 14:38 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
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Kenya's opposition will challenge the results of last week's presidential election in Supreme Court and wage a campaign of civil disobedience, its leader announced Wednesday, saying they intend to expose a "computer-generated presidency". Both groups monitored the August 8 vote in which President Uhuru Kenyatta won a second term amid opposition claims of vote-rigging.

According to Kenyan human rights watchdog, at least 26 people have been killed in the post-election violence, while oppostion leaders claim the death toll is much higher.

"We have now chose to move to the Supreme Court and lay before the world the making of a computer generated leadership..."

The opposition last week said going to court was not an option, but Odinga is making it clear it is an option now.

"We will preach peace ... we will uphold our rights to assemble and protest. We shall hold vigils, moments of silence, beat drums, and do everything else to peacefully draw attention to the gross electoral injustices being meted on our country, and demand redress", said Odinga. They later claimed that the voting system was hacked in the president's favor, and called it an "attack on our democracy".

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Only today, after worldwide pressure, did the commission release the 34B forms, which show the results found at regional tallying centers; as of this writing, the commission still has not released all of the 34A forms, which show individual polling station results.

So far, both the European Union and other foreign observers who earlier praised the election has called on the election commission to publish all remaining forms showing vote tallies on its website to ensure transparency.

He added that he will provide evidence to the court against presiding and returning officers, who he accused of rigging the elections.

In 2013 he challenged the presidential results in court and lost.

At the same time, he encouraged his followers to refrain from violence as they resist.

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The opposition has until the end of Friday to file a petition challenging the vote results.

Odinga said the actions against the civil society groups helped the opposition decide to take legal action.

Two of Kenya's leading rights organisations suggested this might be behind efforts this week to shut them down - citing tax and registration issues - but on Wednesday, the government appeared to back-pedal on the matter.

Local watchdogs Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) and African Center for Open Governance to the Director of Criminal Investigation (AfriCOG) were overseeing the presidential election in Kenya.

"We had said we will not go court". Obama's plea was particularly relevant in the Kenyan political context since his father was Luo, from the same ethnic group as the principal losing candidate, Odinga. The other was Kalenjin.

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