Avoid petition sideshows, Uhuru tells Raila

March 19, 2013 12:40 pm
Uhuru was declared winner by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission/XINHUA-File
Uhuru was declared winner by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission/XINHUA-File

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 19 – President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta says Prime Minister Raila Odinga should wait for the verdict of the Supreme Court on the presidential petition and desist from politicising the process.

Speaking after touring Kenya Ports Authority facilities in Mombasa, Kenyatta said the Prime Minister’s remarks were ill-timed because he has already filed a case in court.

“People need to respect courts and stop talking on issues which are before courts,” said Kenyatta who added that he was ready to respect the ruling in the case.

He was responding to Odinga’s remarks on Monday when the PM claimed to have won the March 4 election by 5.7 million votes against Kenyatta’s 4.7 million votes.

Odinga made the claim days after he filed a petition at the Supreme Court challenging the declaration by the Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) which handed the victory certificate to Kenyatta.

According to the IEBC final tally of the presidential election, Kenyatta garnered 6,173,433 votes against Odinga’s 5,340,546.

The outgoing PM who was the flag bearer of the CORD coalition, says they will present evidence in court to show that the election was marred with irregularities.

CORD is an alliance that brings together the PM’s Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka’s Wiper Democratic Movement (WDM) and Trade Minister Moses Wetangula’s Ford Kenya among other parties.

Citing myriad anomalies, CORD rejected the March 4 election outcome and has vowed to demonstrate to the Supreme Court many forms of malpractices and inflated figures.

According to CORD, the voter register used by the IEBC was altered as well as he electronic results transmission system compromised.

They also argue that the vote counting was marred by significant technical problems, including the complete failure of the electronic transmission system.

CORD says it has evidence of other irregularities and cases of fraud during the election, including instances where the number of valid votes cast in certain polling stations exceeded the number of registered voters.


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