Kenya: Supreme court annulled presidential election

For the first time in the history of African democratization, a ruling has been made by a court nullifying the irregular election of a president

Photo: Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta at the State House - Thomas Mukoya/REUTERS
English 02/09/2017 13:54 Nairobi Agencies Actualizada 14:01
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Kenya's Supreme Court annulled President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election held on August 8, being Raila Odinga the opposition presidential candidate.

The Supreme court ordered a new vote to be held within 60 days after finding that the elections were inconsistent since the election board “failed, neglected or refused to conduct the presidential election in a manner consistent with the dictates of the Constitution.”

The court considered that the electoral commission committed "illegalities and irregularities,” added Judge Njoki Ndung'u.

Kenyatta accepted the decision of a new vote, yet he disagreed with the court. "Let the people decide," he said in a speech to Nairobi nation.

However, Kenyatta said he regretted that “six people have decided they will go against the will of the people.” While Ahmednasir Abdullahi, lawyer for Kenyatta, said the election board had "done nothing wrong."

After Kenyatta was proclaimed winner with 54% of the votes, Odinga, who obtained 44.7% accused him of electoral fraud, alleging the computer system of the electoral commission had been hacked changing the results.

Odinga celebrated the decision as “a very historic day for the people of Kenya and by extension to the people of the continent of Africa. For the first time in the history of African democratization, a ruling has been made by a court nullifying the irregular election of a president.”

Shortly after the election was annulled, joy exploded among the opponents. Odinga and his followers marched through the streets of Nairobi while singing "Uhuru must go."

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