Kenya's Supreme Court orders rerun of disputed presidential election

Kenya's Supreme Court orders rerun of disputed presidential election

Kenya's Supreme Court orders rerun of disputed presidential election

Kenya's veteran opposition leader Raila Odinga has called for members of Kenya's electoral commission to be jailed after the country's Supreme Court ruled earlier on Friday that last month's elections be annulled on the basis they were not conducted according to the Constitution and Elections Act.

President Kenyatta said he would respect the court's decision but also branded the judges "crooks". In 2013 elections, the Supreme Court dismissed his petition.

The decision was met with scenes of jubilation on the streets of Nairobi where security was tight.

The August election, which included the presidential poll in addition to races at other levels of government was one of the most expensive ever held in Africa.

KENYA'S Supreme Court ruled yesterday that presidential elections will have to be rerun, citing "irregularities and illegalities" in the way the electoral commission had counted votes.

What did the judges say was wrong?

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Maraga said this had compromised the "integrity of the entire presidential election".

After the vote, Odinga rejected the results, claiming that the electronic systems were hacked. The run up to the vote was marked by court challenges over voting procedures and fears over the effectiveness and credibility of the IEBC, whose management was only appointed in January.

How have the two political sides reacted?

Opposition leader Raila Odinga speaks at a news conference outside the court after President Uhuru Kenyatta's election win was declared invalid in Nairobi, Kenya, September 1, 2017.

He said: "It is now clear that the entire [electoral commission] is rotten. Someone must take responsibility".

"The robes they wear make them think that they are superior to the rest of us Kenyans", said Kenyatta.

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President Kenyatta's lead counsel Ahmednassir Abdulahi said in court that his client wanted to see the full judgement to understand how the alleged irregularities would "obliterate" his 1.4 million vote winning margin.

"Your neighbour will always remain your neighbour irregardless." he said. My primary message today to every single Kenyan is peace.

"We are ready to go back again to the people with the same agenda that we delivered to the people". "Given the scale of the president's victory, this is the most likely outcome".

The President, however, cautioned the Chief Justice not to interfere with the electoral body so the polls could be conducted as soon as possible. "Were you? We have a problem and we must fix it", The Independent quoted Kenyatta to have said.

"We are keeping a close eye on them".

"We want to tell you this: We won the election fair and square. We are not afraid".

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