Sunday, 18 February, 2018

Shock as Kenya court cancels election result, demands re-run

Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga
Clarence Schmidt | 02 September, 2017, 01:32

The challenger's lawyer, James Orengo, said the court should invalidate Kenyatta's win because a scrutiny of forms used to tally presidential results showed many lacked security features that the electoral commission agreed on.

"The declaration [of Kenyatta's win] is invalid, null and void", Judge David Maranga said of the latest election.

During the ruling, Maraga said the court found no evidence of misconduct on the part of the third respondent who is Kenyatta.

As his supporters took to the streets throughout the country to celebrate the court's decision, Kenya made history as the first country in Africa to annul a presidential election.

"We are ready to go back to the people with the same agenda".

"For the first time we have got justice".

Global election observers, including former Secretary of State John Kerry, had said they saw no interference with the vote. "While this decision cements the view that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission was biased, it demonstrates that independent checks and balances do exist", she said. In 2013, the Supreme Court dismissed his petition.

The opposition says 100 people were killed, while police gave a death toll of 10 for Nairobi.

Mr Odinga and his co-petitioners maintained there were widespread irregularities in the elections that their integrity had been compromised.

However, violence broke out as opposition activists cried foul in days of unrest which claimed the lives of at least 28 people.

In Burma, Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen delivered a veiled threat on the Supreme Court.

Dissenting judges said that the Nasa opposition alliance - which had petitioned the Supreme Court - failed to prove claims that the polls had been rigged.

Kenya's Supreme Court on Friday declared presidential election null and void and ordered a repeat of similar exercise within 60 days.

The commission, he said, would make internal changes ahead of the repeat poll. Majority actually belong in jail. He said those anomalies affected almost 5 million votes.

Odinga called for the election commission to be disbanded.

In response to the orders providing the opposition leader access to the IEBC servers, Orengo said there were cases of users signing into the IEBC system multiple times against regulations.

However, this historic decision is a massive indictment of the electoral commission.

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