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Odinga announces next move after presidential election results

Odinga defined the announcement by Chebukati as a blatant disregard of the constitution.

Raila Odinga

Azimio One Kenya presidential candidate, Raila Odinga, has spoken after the declaration of the presidential election results which saw the former prime minister lose to Kenya Kwanza's William Ruto.

In a comprehensive statement at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC), Odinga said the results announced by Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission chairperson, Wafula Chebukati, were null and void.

Odinga said the country was facing a legal crisis as a result of the announcement made by the IEBC chairperson, insisting that the role of the commission had in the past led to a crisis.

"What we saw yesterday was blatant disregard of the constitution and the rule of law by Mr Chebukati, and a minority of the IEBC commissioners," Raila stated.

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The former prime minister went on to say the law does not allow all powers in the commission to rest on only the chairperson, Odinga said the decision by the commission should be by consensus or on a majority vote.

"The IEBC is structed as a democratic institution where decisions should made by consensus or by the majority vote of the commissioners. the chairperson and a tiny minority if the commissioners have no legal authority to take weight decisions and proclaim them as the ruling of the IEBC.

Unless a unanimous decision is reached a decision on any matter shall be by a majority of he members present and voting," Odinga said.

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Raila said he was shocked on learning that Chebukati alone pronounced himself the winner of the 2022 presidential elections insisting that the results announced by Chebukati were null and void and might be quashed by a court of law.

"It is not up to us to decide whether the figures Mr Chebukati has committed an offence we leave that decision to the authorities, but for avoidance of doubt that we totally nd without reservation reject the presidential results announced by Mr Chebukati," he said.

Odinga said he was going to pursue the matter with all legal means exerting confidence of getting justice served, he urged his supporters not to take the law into their own hands.

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He praised the four commissioners who held a separate press conference saying that they should have no fear as Kenyans were protecting them.

Further, Odinga called on the international community to be observant as the country sought justice and pursued democracy.

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