Wednesday 17 January 2018

Kenyan court rules for election winner

Kenya's supreme court has unanimously upheld the declaration of Uhuru Kenyatta as winner of the country's presidential elections, rejecting claims by opposition candidate Raila Odinga that the electoral process was tainted by rigging.

Mr Odinga accepted defeat at a press conference, bringing to a close weeks of uncertainty following the March 4 vote.

"This court process is yet another milestone in our long road toward democracy," said Mr Odinga in his concession speech.

Chief Justice Willy Mutunga said the election had been "free, fair, transparent and credible".

Mr Odinga, together with a Kenyan civil society group, wanted the election results dismissed because of "massive malpractice". He alleged that the electoral commission covertly added names to its list of registered voters, and stole votes from losing candidates to give them to Mr Kenyatta.

A court-ordered partial recount found numerous tallying errors, but lawyers said they were clerical mistakes.

The lawyer for the electoral commission said Mr Odinga simply did not have enough evidence to prove his claims.

© Observer

Irish Independent

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