Court annuls Kenya presidential election

Court annuls Kenya presidential election

Court annuls Kenya presidential election

Kenya's stock exchange halted trading briefly midway through Friday's session after blue chip shares plummeted following the Supreme Court's decision to annul the result of the August 8 presidential election. The court's shock judgment marks a significant victory for veteran opposition leader Odinga, who repeatedly alleged malfeasance in the conduct of the vote, including claims denied by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission that electronic voting results had been successfully hacked.

Kenya's president says he "personally disagrees" with the Supreme Court ruling that nullifies his election win last month, but he says he respects it.

He said, "We have no faith in the electoral commission as now constituted".

Ahmednassir Abdulahi, a backer of Kenyatta, called the ruling a "very political decision". Days after the election, Kenyatta was declared the victor with 54% of the vote, which led to protests and clashes with the police, resulting in 24 deaths. More than 1,000 people died and 600,000 were evicted from their homes in post-election violence that erupted from that election.

In his reaction after leaving the Supreme Court, Odinga said; "It is now clear that the entire edifice of the (election board) is rotten". For the first time in the history of Africa, the courts have nullified the election of a sitting president. We clearly have a problem.

But later on Friday, he told a rally of supporters the judges were "crooks" and said Mr Maraga "should know that he is now dealing with the serving president".

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President Kenyatta addresses Jubilee politicians at State House. /PSCU

But global observers did not report any interference with the vote.

After the court's ruling, envoys from two dozen countries, including the United States, France and Germany, issued a joint statement that said the decision "demonstrated Kenya's resilient democracy and commitment to the rule of law".

Odinga's success is the first of its kind in Kenya. It said the election commission "committed illegalities and the transmission of results, substance of which will be given in the detailed judgement of the court" that will be published within 21 days. Odinga took unsuccessful court action after 2013 elections that he claimed were rigged.

The Kenyan electoral commission has been ordered to conduct a fresh presidential election following the provisions of the law within 60 days.

"We have said that you can not force Kenyans to go to the polls that is being supervised by thieves, we will not accept".

The embattled leader argued that the results of the members of parliament, senators and governors were transmitted but "no one asked any questions".

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