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Ida pens message of encouragement to Raila as Supreme Court case begins

Azimio la Umoja – One Kenya Coalition presidential candidate, Mr Raila Odinga, has received words of encouragement from his wife Ida Odinga as the hearing of his petition challenging the outcome of the presidential election commenced at the Supreme Court.

In her message on Twitter, Mrs Odinga hailed her husband for overcoming many challenges in the past.

“You have overcome every test and always chose the honorable way of resolving challenges. May God’s strength and wisdom continue to guide you,” she said.

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At the time, the Azimio flag bearer was keenly following the proceedings in court. Mr Odinga said that the Supreme Court of Kenya is vital for securing peace in Kenya.

On Wednesday morning, lawyers representing Mr Odinga their submissions in court, arguing that Independent (IEBC) Electoral and Boundaries Commission chairperson Wafula Chebukati declared Dr Ruto as the President-elect unconstitutionally.

Mr Odinga’s legal team is being led by the Siaya County Governor James Orengo.

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During his submission, Mr Orengo said that Dr Ruto did not meet the constitutional threshold of 50 per cent plus one vote to be declared president-elect.

The Azimio team, among other eight petitioners, want the court to nullify Dr Ruto’s win. Last week, Mr Odinga said the Supreme Court should declare him as President-elect in the event it nullifies Dr Ruto’s win.

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Philip Murgor, one of Azimio lawyers told the court that there was evidence of remote access to the IEBC system three days after the voting process ended.

In his submission, Mr Murgor said there was transmission of numerous forms from a single server, hence contradicting the expectation that the forms would come from several Kiems kits.

“Mr Chebukati had given an impression that the process would be simple in that forms would come from the polling stations to the National Tallying Centre,” Mr Murgor said.