Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga has filed a Supreme Court appeal against his narrow defeat in the March 4 presidential election.
Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, who contested on the Jubilee Coalition ticket, was declared winner of the polls in the first round, gaining 50.07% to avoid a re-run. Odinga managed 43.38%.
But Odinga has accused the Independent Election and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) of manipulating the result in favour of Uhuru, the son of Kenya’s first President Jomo Kenyatta.
But the conduct of the two main candidates in the eight-person contest indicates that the country may not witness a repeat of the events in 2008 post-election violence. The chaos that followed the December 2007 disputed elections left at least 1300 dead and more than 600,000 others displaced.
Kenyatta together with his running mate, now Vice President-elect William Ruto, face trial at the International Criminal Court for allegedly fuelling the violence in 2007.
The Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Willy Mutunga has 14 days from the date the suit is filed to dispose of the case.
The swearing in ceremony for the new president is set for March 26.