Published: Fri, September 01, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Kenya shilling drops after Supreme Court annuls election

Kenya shilling drops after Supreme Court annuls election

Kenya's Supreme Court has annulled the result of the country's recent presidential election.

The Court has ordered that fresh elections should be held within 60 days.

The decision to cancel the result, the first of its kind in Kenya's history, sets up a new race for the presidency between Mr. Kenyatta and veteran opposition leader Raila Odinga.

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.

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

The judges can dismiss the petition altogether, meaning that President Kenyatta would be deemed duly elected, or they can declare the poll invalid, sending Kenyans back to the ballot in two months.

"The first respondent (the election board) failed neglected or refused to conduct the presidential election in a manner consistent with the dictates of the constitution".

"This indeed is a very historic day for the people of Kenya", Mr. Odinga said after the decision. "This is a precedent-setting ruling". Worldwide election observers have said they saw no interference with the vote.

Security was tight around the courthouse with armed police and barricaded streets.

Supreme Court judges on August 29, 2017 during the presidential petition whose ruling will be made on Friday.

Mr Odinga has contested the last three elections and lost each time. Inter-ethnic clashes and police violence led to the killing of 1,300 people and more than 650,000 displaced.

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