Leader of Kenya’s opposition coalition, the National Super Alliance (NASA), has disclosed that the group will challenge the results of the August 8 presidential elections in court.
Raila Odinga told a news conference in the capital Nairobi that NASA’s decision to go to the Supreme Court was a second chance for the apex court to redeem its image, citing the 2013 petition that was dismissed.
The legal option indicates that NASA had taken the path pointed to by the electoral laws and by most observer missions that were in Kenya for the elections.
NASA LEADER Raila Odinga says they are moving to the Supreme Court to contest Uhuru Kenyatta win in August 8 poll.— NationBreakingNews (@NationBreaking) August 16, 2017
“We have now decided to move to the Supreme Court to lay bare to the world the making of a computer-generated presidency,” said in the statement. Going to the courts is a U-turn on an earlier position by NASA that they were not considering the option.
Kenya – Odinga opts for court action against Uhuru’s first term
Raila Odinga after losing the 2013 elections filed a case in the Supreme Court seeking to nullify the election of Kenyatta.
Odinga and the other petitioners alleged massive irregularities in the election that brought Uhuru to power. Other related cases were consolidated for the hearing.
At the end of the trial – which lasted one month – the six judges sitting on the case unanimously dismissed the case upholding the election of Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto as president and deputy president.