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Kenya presidential election cancelled by Supreme Court

Kenya presidential election cancelled by Supreme Court
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Kenya’s Supreme Court has annulled the result of last month’s presidential election, citing irregularities, and ordered a new one within 60 days.

Chief Justice David Maraga said the 8 August election had not been “conducted in accordance with the constitution” and declared it “invalid, null and void”, after the election commission had declared incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta the winner by a margin of 1.4 million votes.

He stated that the verdict was backed by four of the six Supreme Court judges.

Justice Maraga said the election commission had failed “to conduct the presidential election in a manner consistent with the dictates of the constitution”.

He added that the commission had committed irregularities “in the transmission of results”, adding that the court would provide details in a full judgment within 21 days.

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

Mr Odinga said the ruling marked “a historic day for the people of Kenya and by extension for the people of the continent of Africa. It is now clear that the entire electoral commission is rotten.

“It is clear that the real election results were never shared with Kenyans. Someone must take responsibility.”

Mr Odinga added: “We won the elections and we are going to win them again.”

President Kenyatta, in a televised address, said that it was “important to respect the rule of law even if you disagree with the Supreme Court ruling”.

“Your neighbour will still be your neighbour, regardless of what has happened. My primary message today to every single Kenyan is peace. Let us be people of peace.”

Mr Kenyatta added: “We are ready to go back again to the people with the same agenda that we delivered to the people.”

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