Kenyan court nullifies president's election win

Kenyan court nullifies president's election win

Kenyan court nullifies president's election win

The court's seven judges are set to decide whether to uphold or nullify President Uhuru Kenyatta's win as declared by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

The election commission had declared incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta the victor of last month's election.

The president had won a second term with 54 percent of the vote in August's election.

Judge David Maranga, announcing the verdict, said: "The declaration (of Kenyatta's win) is invalid, null and void".

The court did not place any blame on Mr Kenyatta or his party.

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Lawyers for Mr Kenyatta called the ruling a "very political decision" but said they will live with the consequences.

Mr. Campbell expressed concern that "neither Kenyatta nor Odinga prepared their followers for the possibility of losing", he said.

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 almost five million votes.

Kenya's electoral commission had said there was a hacking attempt but it failed. However, that report found that a third of the forms lacked security features like watermarks or serial numbers, which election observers say are evidence that the forms are likely false.

Kenyatta was announced the victor 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. His supporters at first had said they would not go to court again this time but filed a petition two weeks ago.

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The court ruled that fresh elections have to be conducted within a period of six months.

Ahead of the decision, Kenya had been braced for a repeat of the unrest that followed the August poll, in which human rights groups said police killed at least 24 people.

"This day is the D-day".

CJ Maraga noted that what they read was a "determination of the court and not a ruling".

Local newspaper headlines declared Friday a "Date With Destiny".

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