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Kenya: Raila Odinga Declares New War Against IEBC

Kenya: Raila Odinga Declares New War Against IEBC

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) had said there was a hacking attempt but it failed.

The president is calling on Kenyans repeatedly to remain peaceful in a country where some elections have been followed by deadly violence.

It was the third time in a row that Odinga cried foul, having claimed he was cheated out of rightful victory after losing elections in 2007 and 2013.

It is rare for a court in any country to throw out the results of a presidential election.

He also said the commission is open to investigations and prosecution of officers found culpable of mishandling the August 8 presidential election.

The son of Kenya's first vice president, Odinga was heir to one of its foremost political dynasties and de facto leader of the Luo people in the west, an area that has long felt neglected by central government. It also raised questions for global monitors, who had declared the election fair.

Private legal practitioner, Samson Lardy Anyenini has lauded Kenya's Supreme Court for the expeditious manner it has dealt with the election petition there.

Kenya's Supreme Court in a landmark ruling Friday nullified the election that saw incumbent president Uhuru Kenyatta re-elected for another term. Kenyatta, the son of the first president, is a Kikuyu and his deputy is a Kalenjin.

Following the election, more than 20 protesters were shot and killed by Kenyan police, although the opposition claimed that more than 100 had died.

Paul Muite, representing the electoral commission, said there is no law that specifies the forms for tallying presidential ballots must have security features.

As news of the court's decision spread, cheers and celebrations could be heard in parts of the capital, Nairobi.

Raila Odinga will feel vindicated against accusations that he was just being a bad loser in challenging President Kenyatta's win.

Mr Kenyatta said that while he "personally disagrees" with the ruling that nullifies his win, he respects it.

Odinga called for the election commission to be disbanded.

Odinga's lawyer had argued that a scrutiny of the forms used to tally the ballots had anomalies that affected almost 5 million votes.

Odinga, previously alleged manipulated results in Kenya's 2007 election after he was declared the victor of the presidential race after 90% of the votes had been counted before losing by just 232,000 votes.

Maraga said there had been "irregularities and illegalities", notably in the transmission of election results. He also said he had no plans to step down.

Paul Muite, the electoral commission's lawyer, argued during the hearing that the integrity of the vote had been protected "as far as was humanly possible".


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