Raila Odinga: 'These were sham elections' – Talk to Al Jazeera

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On October 30, Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner of Kenya’s presidential election for the second time in three months.

Kenyans went to the polls for a rerun of the presidential election on October 26, after the country’s Supreme Court had nullified the result of an earlier vote, held in August.

The incumbent Kenyatta won 98 percent of the vote in the repeat – but with the opposition boycotting the election, turnout was low.

Al Jazeera’s Mohammed Adow speaks with deputy president William Ruto and opposition leader Raila Odinga on the legitimacy of October’s vote and what’s next for Kenya.

Opposition candidate Raila Odinga had withdrawn from the election re-run, and had called on Kenyans to boycott the vote.

“These were sham elections. In our view, they never took place. This result should not be allowed to stand,” he tells Al Jazeera.

A belief that the electoral commission had taken insufficient action to ensure a level playing field led him to pull out. “Going back to the election was basically going for a repeat. That is doing the same thing, the same way, expecting different results. And we said that it was a charade, it was going to be a waste of time and a waste of our resources,” Odinga says.

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