Kenya's Supreme Court rules presidential election invalid, new polls to be held

Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta | AP

The country's electoral commission had already declared incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta the victor of last month's election, with 54.3 percent of the vote in a contest were almost 80 percent of Kenya's 19 million registered voters were said to have cast ballots.

"The declaration [of Kenyatta's win] is invalid, null and void", said Judge David Maraga, announcing the verdict of four out of the six judges.

President Kenyatta spoke hours after the Supreme Court quashed his re-election and ordered fresh polls.

Uhuru Kenyatta has today addressed the outcome of Presidential petition that had been filed by NASA's Raila Odinga challenging the outcome of 8 August General Election.

Mr Odinga said Mr Chebukati and his team "belong to jail" as Mr Musyoka declared that they have no faith in the commission.

"This indeed is a very historic day for people of Kenya and by extension for people of the continent of Africa", he said.

The courtry will hold another presidential election after the previous poll was declared invalid by the supreme court.

President Uhuru Kenyatta will still win round two.

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

Friday's ruling is the first time a Kenyan court has nullified an election result. Kenyan authorities bolstered security before the court's decision.

After the vote, at least 24 Odinga supporters were shot dead, according to Kenyan human rights groups, when police used live ammunition to quell unrest in opposition strongholds.

But at a rally in Nairobi on Friday he branded the Supreme Court judges "crooks".

"We ask these IEBC officials, who have perpetrated a monumental crime against the people, to do the right thing and resign".

Kenyatta's party deputy chief whip in the Senate, Irungu Kangata, said Friday the party will use its numerical strength in parliament to stop any attempt to disband the commission.

Odinga called for the election commission to be disbanded. Worldwide election observers have said they saw no interference with the vote.

Odinga, previously alleged manipulated results in Kenya's 2007 election after he was declared the victor of the presidential race after 90% of the votes had been counted before losing by just 232,000 votes.

Unease around the election rose when the official who oversaw the electronic voting system was found tortured and killed days before the vote.

The ruling comes after worldwide observers, including former Secretary of State John Kerry, said the election had been held with few disruptions.



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