Nairobi, Kenya - Kenya's outgoing Prime Minister, Raila Odinga, will take his election petition to the Supreme Court for a final decision on the outcome of the 4 March presidential polls, won by Uhuru Kenyatta.
Odinga said the elections were marred by an institutional failure which was a major setback to democracy in Kenya, coming exactly five years since a devastating election violence left more than 1,000 deaths.
'Nothing would have pleased me if I lost fairly. I have a responsibility to protect democracy in this country. We will not give in to the forces of retrogression,' Odinga said on Saturday, adding that democracy was on trial in Kenya.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) declared Uhuru Kenyatta the President with 50.07% of the votes cast.
Reeling out a number of faults he said marred the vote, Odinga alleged that the voter register captured during the registration were different from those announced by the IEBC; the Presidential results announced for Laikipia North in central Kenya, were announced twice; and that results announced were different from the ones I had received earlier.
'The time to point out rampant illegality will come. The events of 2007 could have entrenched the rule of law. It is clear the constitutionally-sanctioned effort has been thwarted by a tainted process. This crisis is not just a failure by institutions, it is democracy on trial.'
Odinga said he planned to produce a full dossier on troubles that caused the shortfalls.
'We have created a new Kenya out of the ashes of 2008, it took us five years to foster conciliation amongst those divided by the 2008... Our people have developed a new constitution that is the envy of the world,' Odinga said.
Kenya's new constitution created the IEBC, the Supreme Court, specifically to deal with issues of Presidential disputes.
Odinga said Kenyans were convinced the IEBC would conduct transparent elections...the virtual failure of everything, including the poll book and the telephonic transmission meant that the entire system failed.
'There was massive tampering with the voters register. The mandatory verification was impossible. Our votes were reduced and added to those of the Jubilee (Kenyatta and William Ruto),' Odinga alleged.
He said he would be ready to concede if the IEBC delivered a credible election or if it listened to our complaints.
'We do not want to lead Kenya if they do not want us. We have an independent judiciary. We would move to court to challenge the outcome. We appeal to Kenyans to remain calm. Any violence would not serve anyone's interest,' Odinga said.
President-elect Kenyatta said his key priority would be to improve national security and address shortfalls affecting the electoral process.