Kenya's Supreme Court orders re-run of presidential election

Written by  Published in Regional Friday, 01 September 2017 09:58
Kenya’s Supreme Court has declared President Uhuru Kenyatta's election win invalid due to irregularities committed by the election board and ordered a new election 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.
 
The opposition in Kenya has hailed the court decision as "historic". 
 
According to figures released by the head of the election commission following the election, Mr Kenyatta got 54.3% of the vote, ahead of rival Raila Odinga who secured 44.7%. Nearly 80% of the 19 million registered voters had cast their ballots.
 
The opposition, led by Mr Odinga, who lost the last two previous elections amid complaints of fraud, said it rejected the process after complaints it made had not been addressed.
 
There were angry protests in opposition strongholds in the capital Nairobi and the western city of Kisumu while the counting of votes got under way last month, however the election commission said the election had been free and fair. 
 
Although the violence remained largely contained, Kenyans were nervously hoping to avoid a repetition of the ethnic killings that followed a disputed 2007 presidential poll, when some 1,200 people died.

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