Kenya Supreme Court annuls result of presidential polls. Supreme Court says electoral board committed ‘illegalities’ as it orders a fresh election to be held within two months. According to Judge David Maraga, “The declaration of Kenyatta’s win is invalid, null and void,” announcing the verdict of four out of the six judges. And also no presidential election in Kenya has ever before been nullified. Read on for more deets.
Kenya’s Supreme Court has nullified the result of the August 8 presidential election won by President Uhuru Kenyatta. In a ruling issued on Friday, the court said the electoral board committed “irregularities and illegalities” during last month’s vote, harming the integrity of the election. The Nairobi-based court ordered another presidential election to be held within 60 days.
According to Judge David Maraga, the election commission “failed, neglected or refused to conduct the presidential election in a manner consistent with the dictates of the constitution”. In a national address following the court decision, Kenyatta said that while he “personally disagrees” with the ruling, he will “respect it, as much as He disagree with it”. “It is important to respect the rule of law … we are ready to go back again to the people with the same agenda,” he said as he appealed for calm.
But he also criticised the six members of the Supreme Court for going “against the will of the people”, by nullifying the vote.
The protest was brought before the Supreme Court by opposition leader Raila Odinga. Kenyatta was announced the winner with 54 percent of the vote – but Odinga claimed the election was rigged with electronic voting results hacked into and manipulated in favour of Kenyatta. Kenya’s electoral commission had said there was a hacking attempt but it had failed. International election observers said they saw no interference with the vote. Odinga supporters erupted in jubilation after the decision was announced. “This is an unprecedented ruling,” Odinga said outside the court. “This is a triumph for the people of Kenya.”
Odinga has contested the last three elections and lost each time. After each one, he has claimed the votes were marred by rigging. In 2013, the Supreme Court dismissed his petition. This time, his team focused on proving that the process for tallying and transmitting results was flawed, rather than proving how much of the vote was rigged.
The total amount spend on the 8 August presidential poll cost have a million dollars. Can they conduct another election within the 60days given.
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