1 September 2017
By Frances Nene
The Supreme court in Kenya on Friday annulled the August 8 presidential polls in the country as a result of irregularities and manipulation of results.
The 4-2 court ruling came in response to a petition filed by challenger Raila Odinga, who alleged widespread fraud in the election, including the hacking of the electoral commission’s computer system.
The apex court’s ruling makes Kenya the first African nation to invalidate an election which had declared incumbent president, Uhuru Kenyatta, as winner with a margin of 1.4 million votes.
The Supreme Court has since ordered fresh election within sixty days.
Opposition presidential candidate, Raila Odinga, in his reaction said: “This is a historic day for the people of Kenya and by extension for the people of the continent of Africa.”
Odinga added that he had “no faith at all in the electoral commission as currently constituted” and called for the prosecution of its members.
Meanwhile, counsel to President Kenyatta said the decision was “very political” but had to be respected.