The Supreme Court of Kenya on Friday declared the results of last month’s presidential poll “invalid, null and void” and ordered election 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.
Chief Justice 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 Chief 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.
Chief Justice Maraga said this had compromised the “integrity of the entire presidential election”.
The Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga and his supporters (photos: below) were ecstatic.
Kenya’s president says he “personally disagrees” with the Supreme Court ruling that nullifies his election win last month, but he says he respects it.
However, President Uhuru Kenyatta (photo: below) has lashed out at the judges, saying that “six people have decided they will go against the will of the people.”
Kenyatta is addressing the nation after Friday morning’s ruling that also called for a new election within 60 days. The court says the election commission “committed illegalities and irregularities” after opposition leader Raila Odinga challenged the vote.
The president is calling on Kenyans repeatedly to remain peaceful in a country where some elections have been followed by deadly violence.