KENYA is due to hold another presidential election within 60 days after the country’s Supreme Court annulled the August 8 election results which had declared the incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta, as the winner.
Annulling the results, Chief Justice David Maraga said the election had not been “conducted in accordance with the constitution” and declared it “invalid, null and void.”
Justice Maraga also said the election commission had failed “to conduct the presidential election in a manner consistent with the dictates of the constitution”.
Furthermore, he said the commission had committed irregularities “in the transmission of results”, adding that the court would provide details in a full judgment within 21 days.
The verdict, which was apparently backed by four of the six Supreme Court judges, did not attribute any blame to President Kenyatta’s party or campaign.
Supporters of Raila Odinga who had “lost” the vote by a margin of 1.4 million votes declared by the election commission, greeted the announcement with cheers from both inside and outside the courtroom.
Raila Odinga accused members of the commission of having committed a monstrous crime in handing victory to his rival.
However, president Kenyatta said although he disagreed with the court ruling he would respect the decision. He appealed to Kenyans to remain calm.
Political analysts said while there is a precedent in elections results in Africa being annulled or cancelled, Kenya appears to be the first country on the continent where an opposition court challenge against a presidential poll result has been successful.