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

Reactions after Supreme Court invalidates Uhuru's re-election

Reactions after Supreme Court invalidates Uhuru's re-election

Kenya's Supreme Court has ordered a rerun of the country's contentious presidential election, after a legal challenge by the opposition.

He said: "For the first time in the history of African democratisation, a ruling has been made by a court nullifying irregular election of a president".

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.

But in all likelihood, the seven-member Supreme Court will uphold the August 8 result. "The declaration [of Kenyatta's win] is invalid, null and void", said the judge David Maranga, announcing the verdict.

Reading the ruling reached by a majority of four to two among the judges, Justice Maraga said the 8 August poll had not been "conducted in accordance with the Constitution".

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

Mr Odinga's lawyer said anomalies had affected almost five million votes.

A lawyer for Mr. Kenyatta, Ahmednasir Abdullahi, said the decision was "very political" and the election board had "done nothing wrong".

The court decision came after the murder of a key election official, Chris Msando, just days before the vote.

Security was tight around the courthouse with armed police and barricaded streets. Odinga took unsuccessful court action after 2013 elections that he claimed were rigged. Inter-ethnic clashes and police violence led to the killing of 1,300 people and more than 650,000 displaced.

Mr. Odinga has contested the last three elections and lost each time.

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