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Odinga to use ‘all legal options’ to challenge Kenya election result

Raila Odinga, a Kenyan politician, has stated that he will challenge the country’s election results – in which William Ruto was declared the winner.

Shortly before Monday’s announcement, there were scuffles at the national tallying center in Nairobi.

Although Mr Ruto has been reported to have received almost 50.5%, the dispute threatens weeks and days of political chaos in the East Africa country.

In his first public appearance since the declaration, Mr Odinga said to supporters “Let nobody take the law into its own hands.” He appealed for them to be peaceful and called the result a “travesty”.

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There have been unrest in Kenya, which has a long history of violence after elections.

Overnight, Mr Odinga’s supporters fought police and burned tires in Kisumu’s western city and Nairobi’s vast Kibera slum. But, the streets were peaceful on Tuesday morning.

Odinga, a veteran opposition leader and five-time presidential candidate, called the election result “null & void” and stated that it was a “blatant disregard for the constitution”.

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Four of seven Kenya’s electoral commissioners said they could not support the outcome because the chairman’s numbers come to 100.01%, and these extra votes might have been decisive.

Juliana Cherera, the deputy chair, claimed that chair Wafula Cherera had ignored concerns regarding the winning score.

Image Kenya’s deputy President William Ruto is seen following his win in the closely-fought election

The 77-year-old Mr Odinga has seven days to petition the supreme Court. It then has 14 days to issue a ruling. It could order a new election.

On Tuesday, the local elections observation group stated that Mr Ruto’s apparent victory was supported by its respected parallel voting tally.

The 55-year old appealed to Kenyans on economic terms, not ethnic ones. This has shaken up Kenyan politics.

However, Odinga’s team expected to win and he won the position he coveted for over a quarter century. This was especially after Uhuru Kenyatta’s surprise backing, who ignored his deputy.

On Tuesday, the official final results were not available on the website of the electoral commission.

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