Raila won’t concede defeat

March 9, 2013 8:03 am
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His advisor Salim Lone said: "Indeed the Hon Raila Odinga will be contesting the presidential results, because the election was flawed."/FILE
His advisor Salim Lone said: “Indeed the Hon Raila Odinga will be contesting the presidential results, because the election was flawed.”/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya Mar 9 – CORD presidential candidate Raila Odinga will contest the outcome of the March 4 General Election in the Supreme Court.

His advisor Salim Lone said: “Indeed the Hon Raila Odinga will be contesting the presidential results, because the election was flawed.”

In a telephone interview with Capital FM News, Lone said: “Raila will file a case at the Supreme Court to challenge the election results.”

Official results out of the March 4 presidential poll placed Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta winner of the election having attained 6,173,433 million votes out of a total of 12,338,667 million votes cast to become the country’s new leader, 50 years after his independence hero father, Kenya’s founding president Jomo Kenyatta.

The 51-year-old outgoing deputy prime minister – charismatic, able to appeal to all classes and one of Africa’s richest men garnered 50.07 percent, effectively achieving slightly more than the required 50 percent plus one threshold after Monday’s vote.

He beat his main rival Raila Amollo Odinga of the CORD coalition who polled 5,340,546 million votes of the total votes cast.

Kenyatta was due to be declared Kenya’s fourth president later on Saturday to take over from Mwai Kibaki who has served for two uninterrupted terms.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission said Friday night that it would announce the final results at 11 am on Saturday.

The new president is due to be sworn into office on March 26.

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