The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Raila Defends Election Petition

Prime Minister Raila Odinga today assured his supporters that the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy had sufficient grounds to petition the election of Uhuru Kenyatta as the fourth president of Kenya.

He told party leaders during a meeting at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre that the petition was not merely to contest the election but was to defend democracy and secure it for posterity.

"This election is just the beginning of the push by the people of Kenya to realize the fruits of their labour as far as change and reforms and democracy are concerned" Raila Said

He asked Kenyans to support CORD in its quest for justice and truth through the courts of law to ensure that elections were no longer an exercise to confirm preconceived conditions and positions.

'Let us join hands in rejecting the notion that little electoral theft here and there every five years constitutes some kind of magical progression towards greater democracy and change" He said.

He added that the March 4 elections were predetermined in favour of his opponent Jubilee Coalition's Uhuru Kenyatta saying failure to speak out about the anomalies gave the culprits chance to institutionalize the vice in elections.

"I could have accepted the results if the polls were credible but we have the responsibility to protect our ballots" The Premier said. The meeting which brought elected governors, senators and Members of parliament under the CORD alliance was attended by Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka and trade Minister Moses Wetangula.

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