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Al Jazeera | Kenya Supreme Court Overturns Uhuru election

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Posted September 1, 2017 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Kenyan Election in Focus ~ 578 views

     

Kenya’s Supreme Court has nullified the result of the August 8 presidential election won by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

In a ruling issued on Friday, the court said the electoral board committed “irregularities and illegalities” during last month’s vote, harming the integrity of the election.

The court ordered another presidential election to be held within 60 days.

“The declaration [of Kenyatta’s win] is invalid, null and void,” said Judge David Maraga, announcing the verdict of four out of the six judges.

No Kenya presidential election has ever been nullified.

Maraga saying the election commission “failed, neglected or refused to conduct the presidential election in a manner consistent with the dictates of the constitution”.

Lawyers for Kenyatta called the court’s nullification a “very political decision”, but said they will live with the decision.

Supporters of Kenya’s opposition celebrate after the Supreme Court ordered a re-run of the August 8 presidential poll [Simon Maina/AFP]
The protest was brought before the Supreme Court by opposition leader Raila Odinga, who lost to Kenyatta.

Kenyatta was announced the winner with 54 percent of the vote – but Odinga claimed the election was rigged with electronic voting results hacked into and manipulated in favour of Kenyatta.

Kenya’s electoral commission had said there was a hacking attempt but it failed. International election observers said they saw no interference with the vote.

Odinga supporters erupted in jubilation after the decision was announced.

“This is an unprecedented ruling,” Odinga said outside the court. “This is a triumph for the people of Kenya.”

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He condemned members of the electoral board and vowed to press for criminal proceedings.

“We have no faith at all in the electoral commission as currently constituted. They have committed criminal acts,” said Odinga.

“Most of them actually belong to the jail and, therefore, we are going to ask for prosecution of all the electoral commission officers who have caused this monstrous crime against the people of Kenya.”

Odinga’s lawyer had asked the court to invalidate Kenyatta’s win, saying a scrutiny of the forms used to tally the votes had anomalies that affected nearly five million votes.

Al Jazeera’s Mohammed Adow, reporting from Nairobi at the court, said Friday’s ruling was “historic, unprecedented anywhere in Africa”.

“What has happened here today is huge on any scale,” he said.

Unease around the election rose when the official who oversaw the electronic voting system was found tortured and killed days before the vote.

Unrest following the election was far calmer than the post-election violence a decade ago that left more than 1,000 people dead.

Security was tight around the courthouse on Friday with armed police and barricaded streets. Human rights groups have said police killed at least 24 people in unrest that followed the August 8 vote.

Source — Al Jazeera


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  1.  

    I think this is a lesson for the entire world on issue of international observers role in how they realistically take their role. How came they did not see such things !





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