Karua breaks silence after IEBC announces Ruto as president-elect

By , K24 Digital
On Mon, 15 Aug, 2022 19:45 | 2 mins read
Karua speaks after IEBC announce Ruto as new president-elect
Raila Odinga's grunning mate Martha Karua. PHOTO/Courtesy

Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya coalition running mate Martha Karua has issued remarks on the recently announced presidential results.

Taking to her official Twitter account, Karua seemingly disputed the results announced at the Bomas of Kenya on Monday, August 15, 2022.

"It is not over till it is over…." she wrote moments after Azimio alleged rigging in the polls.

In the results announced by Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati, Kenya Kwanza Alliance flag bearer William Ruto was declared the winner with 7,176, 141 votes, which is 50.49 per cent of the total votes cast.

The country’s Deputy President beat Azimio la Umoja – One Kenya coalition leader and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

IEBC commissioners disown presidential results

Chaos erupted at the national tallying centre shortly after four commissioners disowned the presidential results announced by Chebukati, where Kenya Kwanza flag bearer Wiliam Ruto was declared winner of the August 9 polls.

Speaking to members of the press at Serena Hotel, the commissioners led by Vice-Chairperson Juliana Cherera cited what they termed as 'opaqueness' of the electoral process, as grounds for rejecting the final tally.

"We have done the 2022 general election in the most efficient manner. We have ensured that all the challenges have been contained," commissioner Cherera said.

"We have made sure that we have improved the standards and and we say as a fact as commissioners we have a done a good job.

"But some things need to be put out there as you can see the four of us are here and not at Bomas where the results is going to be announced because of the opaque nature of how this phase has been handled. We, therefore, cannot take ownership of this result that is going to be announced."

She encouraged Kenyans to challenge the results in court.

"Because of the same, we urge Kenyans to be peaceful because the rule of law is going to prevail," she said.

Cherera was flanked by commissioners Francis Wanderi, Irene Masit and Justus Nyangaya. All the four are new commissioners, who were appointed to IEBC in September last year.

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