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Kenya Supreme Court orders re-run of presidential poll

Posted: 01 September, 2017 at 03:41 pm
Tags:Kenya
Kenya Supreme Court orders re-run of presidential poll
photo: AFP

Kenya's Supreme Court on Friday ordered a new presidential election after annulling the results of last month's poll in a shock decision in favour of the opposition.

Joyous celebrations erupted outside the court and in Nairobi slums after the second term victory of President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared "invalid, null and void".

Veteran opposition leader Raila Odinga, 72, for whom the court decision represented a rare victory in his political career, hailed the ruling as historic.

This is a historic day for the people of Kenya and by extension for the people of the continent of Africa
, said Odinga.

He said it was the first time a presidential result had been overturned in Africa.

Chief Justice David Maraga said a majority decision by the panel of seven judges, with two dissenting, found that Kenyatta "was not validly elected", rendering the result "invalid, null and void".

Maraga said the election commission (IEBC) had "failed, neglected or refused to conduct the presidential election in a manner consistent with the dictates of the constitution".

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