On Monday, August 22, the Azimio la Umoja presidential candidate Raila Odinga filed a petition at the Supreme Court challenging William Ruto’s win in just concluded presidential election.
At the centre of Raila’s petition is Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati, who is accused of gravely blundering the 2022 elections.
Raila Odinga’s accusations
In their petition, Azimio wants the Supreme Court to nullify Ruto’s win on grounds that the IEBC failed to follow the law in the entire process leading to the declaration of the Kenya Kwanza Alliance presidential candidate as the winner.
K24 news looks at the 11 offences the former prime minister accused Chebukati of committing in the 2022 presidential election.
Chebukati is accused of making false entries in form 34C contrary to section 6(a) of the Election Offences Act No. 37 of 2016.
Raila accuses Chebukati of omitting results from certain polling stations, which breaches his official duty contrary to section 6(j).
On the technology from, Raila accuses Chebukati of knowingly inputting, altering and deleting computer data regardless of whether or not the data is directly readable and intelligible contrary to section 17(h).
Chebukati assisting Ruto
Chebukati is accused of using his office to improperly confer a benefit to the Kenya Kwanza Alliance presidential candidate, which is contrary to section 46 of the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act No.3 of 2003.
In the petition, Raila accuses the IEBC chair of altering information residing in the IEBC portal, knowing he is likely to cause wrongful loss or damage to the public contrary to section 17(c).
Raila claimed Chebukati used his office as the national returning officer to usurp the duties and responsibilities of commissioners and unilaterally and secretly tallied, verified and declared incomplete results.