This is a historic day for the people of Kenya- Raila

Friday September 01 2017

Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga on Friday hailed as historic a court decision nullifying an election won by President Uhuru Kenyatta and calling for a re-run.

"This is a historic day for the people of Kenya and by extension for the people of the continent of Africa," said Odinga, adding it was the first time a presidential result had been overturned in Africa.

Breaking: Kenya Supreme Court annuls Uhuru's win

Friday September 01 2017

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Kenya's Supreme Court on Friday declared the results of last month's presidential poll "invalid, null and void" and ordered the election be re-run within 60 days.

"The presidential election held on August 8 was not conducted in accordance with the constitution," said Chief Justice David Maraga, ruling in favour of the opposition which challenged the declaration of President Uhuru Kenyatta as the winner.

Maraga said this was a majority decision, with two judges dissenting.

The shock ruling was a rare example of a poll result being overturned, with Maraga saying the election commission (IEBC) "failed, neglected or refused to conduct the presidential election in a manner consistent with the dictates of the constitution".

He validated opposition leader Raila Odinga's argument that there had been "irregularities and illegalities", notably in the transmission of election results.

Maraga said this had compromised the "integrity of the entire presidential election".

Supreme Court majority decision:

1. IEBC failed to conduct the election in compliance with constitutional provisions.

2. IEBC committed irregularities and illegalities.

3. The irregularities and illegalities affected the integrity of the Presidential election.

Background:

  • IEBC declared President Kenyatta the winner after garnering 54 per cent of the votes cast on August 8, 2017.
  • Nasa’s Raila Odinga, argued that the poll was marred by massive irregularities.
  • IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati argued before the court that the Nasa petition was devoid of meri

"We are ready for elections but we don't have confidence" in the electoral commission (IEBC), he added.

"Those commissioners must go," said Odinga. "Most of them belong in jail."

The National Super Alliance (Nasa) has declared fresh war in the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.

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Buoyed by the nullification of President Kenyatta’s re-election, Nasa leader Raila Odinga said they would push for the removal of the commission.

Mr Odinga, who ran for State House for the fourth time on August 8, said they do not have faith in the commission headed by Mr Wafula Wanyonyi Chebukati.

He said the officials should be prosecuted "for the crime they committed against the people of Kenya."

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