Raila Odinga had announced it, it is now done. Coming second in the presidential election on August 9, he officially filed an appeal online with the Supreme Court to contest the results announced on August 15 by the electoral commission (IEBC) which he had described as a “parody”, announcement on Monday one of his lawyers at theAFP.
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A figure in the opposition supported for this election by outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta, Raila Odinga is preceded, according to the announced count, by around 230,000 votes (50.49% against 48.85%) by the outgoing Vice-President, William Ruto.
A dramatic change within the IEBC
The appeal “has already been sent to them and they will see it soon,” said Daniel Maanzo, who is part of the 77-year-old politician’s legal team, on Monday morning. “The physical copy must arrive before 2 p.m. [11h GMT, heure limite pour déposer un recours], does he have added. “We hope we have built a good case and that we will win. »
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On August 15, the announcement of the results by the president of the IEBC gave rise to a split within this independent body in charge of organizing the ballot. Four of the seven commissioners had announced that they were rejecting the results a few minutes before their announcement, criticizing the president of the IEBC for his “opaque” management and his lack of consultation.
Since 2002, all presidential elections in Kenya have been contested. During the last ballot, in 2017, Raila Odinga had obtained that the ballot that is invalid.