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Chairman of Kenyan electoral commission defends results

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Chairman of Kenyan electoral commission defends results

Nairobi, Aug 18 (Prensa Latina) Last week´s elections were the most transparent in Kenya´s history, the chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) said in response to the challenge of the results by the losing candidate.
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In addition to Raila Odinga, defeated on seven other occasions, four of the seven members of the IEC, including the vice-president, challenged the official announcement that gave the victory in the elections to Deputy President William Ruto by a narrow margin of less than one percentage point.

The chairman of the Kenyan electoral authority, Wafula Chebukati, revealed that last Monday the four members who discredited the official results asked him to modify them in order to force the calling of a second round of voting.

Chebukati’s allegation was backed up by a statement from the IEC according to which the latter “refused this unconstitutional and illegal request and proceeded to declare the presidential election results as it received them from the polling stations.”

Odinga’s rejection, however, does not allude to the results in the election of provincial governors, members of both houses of parliament and municipal level officials.

The Kenyan general elections last 9th were characterized by high abstention and the unusual support of President Uhuru Kenyatta to Odinga, his political enemy for years until 2018 when the two staged an unexpected reconciliation, to the detriment of Ruto, his vice president and co-religionist.

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