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Opposition to Contest Kenyan Presidential Election in Court

Opposition to Contest Kenyan Presidential Election in Court

"This means that both the provisional and final results announced last week are null and void and that Uhuru Kenyatta was not lawfully declared victor", Raila claimed.

"The court can use this chance to redeem itself, or, like in 2013, it can compound the problems we face as a country", Raila who lost to the incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta, said at the highly-awaited address, held at the Okoa Kenya Secretariat in Lavington, Nairobi, on Wednesday, August 16.

Kisumu is a stronghold of opposition leader Raila Odinga, who is contesting results from last Tuesday's presidential election.

Global observers from the European Union and Carter Center, among others, called the election credible.

Odinga who on Sunday addressed his supporters in Nairobi and urged them to maintain peace is due to address the nation later Tuesday and present what he has described as compelling evidence that last week's polls was "a charade".

Tensions remain in Kenya after Odinga rejected the official results of the election.

On Friday, the election board announced President Uhuru Kenyatta won a second term by 1.4 million votes. NASA questioned the results of the election, claiming that the voting system had been hacked.

"We will not just accept and move on", Odinga said, while calling for peaceful mass protests, including night vigils, civil disobedience and labour strikes. The election commission has said there was a hacking attempt but it failed.

Aly Khan Satchu, an independent trader and analyst in Nairobi, said the market anxious that Odinga, who identifies himself as a social democrat, would have changed the economy's course.

Results streamed by the IEBC were not backed by forms 34B, the documents signed by party and candidates' agents in constituencies, the opposition leader said.

The Kenyan shilling firmed on Monday to touch an intra-day high of 103.65 per dollar, from 104 before the election, while Kenyan dollar bonds have also rallied after the election.

Police have fatally shot 24 people in election violence since the vote, according to the state-funded Kenya National Commission on Human Rights, which monitors government institutions. He also ran in the 2007 polls against former president Mwai Kibaki but went on to serve as prime minister following the unity government that was created following the disputed poll.

But as Odinga seeks legal action, one thing is even clearer - the age-long rivalry between the two families is probably reaching its climax.


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