Kenya presidential election likely to end in violence amid fraud allegations

A supporter of Kenyan presidential candidate Raila Odinga gestures in front of a fire during a protest in Nairobi on August 15, 2022, after William Ruto was declared the winner of Kenya’s presidential race.

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In Kenya, the losing presidential candidate’s decision to contest the August 9 election results will prolong the country’s political uncertainty, stoke concerns about the unrest and could undermine the political priorities of the next president. On August 15, the chairman of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission of Kenya (IEBC), Wafula Chebukati, declared William Ruto the winner of the 2022 presidential election, beating five-time presidential candidate and former prime minister Raila Odinga for the highest post in the country. . But Odinga and a group of IEBC commissioners have since rejected the result, fueling fears that what had been one of Kenya’s most peaceful polls could once again turn into violence and mass unrest. At a press conference on August 16, seven IEBC commissioners said they disagreed with Chebukati’s announcement, saying the president’s tallies were “mathematical nonsense.” Shortly after, Odinga also called the election results “null and void” and said the alleged irregularities cited by…