Kenya Supreme Court nullifies presidential election won by Uhuru Kenyatta
The Supreme Court in Kenya Friday declared the presidential election won by Uhuru Kenyatta null and void due to irregularities and has ordered for a fresh election within 60 days.
Kenya which has a history of disputed elections sets a new history of a new race for the presidency between Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga.
According to the judgement “The declaration (of Kenyatta’s win) is invalid, null and void,” said Judge David Maranga, announcing the verdict backed by four out of the six judges and drawing cheers outside the court from Odinga supporters.
“The first respondent (the election board) failed, neglected or refused to conduct the presidential election in a manner consistent with the dictates of the constitution,” the judge said.
International observers have said they saw no evidence of manipulation of voting and talling at the polling stations.
Many voters in the west of Kenya, Odinga’s stronghold, and along the coast, where there is traditionally large support for the opposition, feel neglected by the central government and shut out of power.
The opposition has hailed the judgment and there has been wild jubilation in the opposition`s strong hold.
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.
It will be recalled that in 2007 1,200 were killed over election dispute challenged by the opposition candidate Raila Odinga.
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