Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Alliance Coalition Raila Odinga filed a case with the country’s supreme court to challenge the results of the 9 August presidential election in which United Democratic Alliance [UDA}, William Ruto, was declared the winner with 50.49% of the vote.
Odinga said the results were “null and void” and accused the chair of acting with impunity. His team has claimed that the results were not “complete, accurate or verifiable”.
According to political analysts Shadrack Wambui and Omwanza Ombati, Raila’s team is planning to put Cherera as a witness who oversaw how Chebukati rigged in favor of Ruto.
The analysts said the Azimio team is also planning to use commissioners Francis Wanderi, Justus Nyang’aya, and Irene Masit to act as co-witnesses to prove that Chebukati rigged the election in favor of DP Ruto.
“These are people are out to paint Mr. Chebukati black. The four of them are reading the same script with Azimio,” said Shadrack.
This comes as divisions within the polls agency continued to play out with the chairman publicly clashing with his deputy in their first joint meeting after four of seven commissioners disowned the results of the presidential election.
During a meeting with candidates from eight electoral areas, which had their elections postponed, Ms Cherera hang her boss, Mr Chebukati, out to dry over the cause of the initial postponement of the elections.
After being invited by Mr Chebukati to explain to the candidates what informed the first postponement, Ms Cherera put aside the official script to lament the secretive nature of IEBC operations.
Insisting that commissioners were not reading from the same script, Ms Cherera charged some commissioners were intentionally kept in the dark regarding the printing of ballot papers.
“We talked amongst ourselves as commissioners and did what we call PR [a public relations exercise] to save face because we did not want the commission to be divided,” Ms Cherera said.
“We tried to put pieces together despite the fact that, as a commission, we didn’t even know the first ballot papers were arriving. We were only made aware on the night before the arrival,” she added.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court will start hearing the case on Monday.