What Next after Raila Disputes the Presidential Results?
Raila Amolo Odinga, the National Super Alliance (NASA) presidential candidate has come out, guns blazing, to dispute the presidential results being streamed by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
According to Raila Odinga, the whole process is a “fraud” aimed at “rigging the Jubilee government” into power while discrediting the “will of the people of Kenya.”
By the time of going to press, Uhuru Kenyatta was leading with 7,982,322 or 54.32 percent of the votes with Raila Odinga coming in second with 6,583,167 or 44.80 percent of the votes.
“Uhuru must fall! Uhuru must go home!” Said the angry Raila Odinga.
But what does the Constitution of Kenya say about a disputed presidential election?
Article 140 (1) (2) (3) of the Constitution of Kenya states that “a person may file a petition in the Supreme Court to challenge the election of the President-elect within seven days after the date of the declaration of the results of the presidential election.
Within the fourteen days after the filing of the petition under clause (1), the Supreme Court shall hear and determine the petition and its decision shall be final.
If the Supreme Court determine the election of the president-elect to be invalid, a fresh election shall be held within sixty days after the determination.
Wondering what NASA should do next? The Constitution has the solution but is the opposition ready to go to the courts?