Supreme court annuls Kenyatta’s victory, orders fresh election

Kenya’s supreme court has annulled the result of the country’s recent presidential election, citing alleged irregularities.

According to the BBC, the court said the election “was not conducted in accordance with the constitution”.

The court ruled that a new election be conducted within the next 60 days.

David Maraga, Kenya’s chief justice, read the majority opinion. But two of the six judges on the panel were said to have disagreed with the ruling.

Incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta had been declared winner of the election which opposition said was marred with irregularities.

The court, however, said there was no evidence of misconduct on the part of Kenyatta who garnered 54.3 percent of the votes to defeat Raila Odinga, his rival, who polled 44.7%.

Odinga had claimed the country’s election commission’s IT system had been hacked to manipulate the election results.

Chris Musando, information and communication technology (ICT) director of the Kenyan Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), was killed just seven days to the election.

BBC said Odinga described the annulment as “very historic.”

He said it is a “very historic day for the people of Kenya and by extension the people of the continent of Africa.”

Opposition supporters are said to be celebrating the annulment within the court premises.

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