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Kenya’s Supreme Court declares Presidential Election Results Invalid

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Kenya's Supreme Court declares Presidential Election Results Invalid - BellaNaija

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta

Kenya’s Supreme Court on Friday declared President Uhuru Kenyatta’s election win invalid due to irregularities committed by the election board and ordered a new vote in 60 days.

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

Kenya has a history of disputed elections. A row over the 2007 poll, which Odinga challenged after being declared loser, was followed by weeks of ethnic bloodshed in which more than 1,200 were killed.

“The declaration (of Kenyatta’s win) is invalid, null and void,” said Judge David Maranga, announcing the verdict backed by four out of the six judges.

“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.”

Many voters in the west of Kenya, Odinga’s stronghold, and along the coast, where there is also traditionally large support for the opposition, feel neglected by the central government and shut out of power.

Odinga has contested the last three elections and lost each time. Each time, he has claimed the votes were marred by rigging. In 2013, the Supreme Court dismissed his petition.

This time, his team focused on proving that the process for tallying and transmitting results was flawed, rather than proving how much of the vote was rigged.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.

4 Comments

  1. Gh girl

    September 1, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    Excellent news
    Africa is changing. No more tolerance for bullshit elections rigging. At least their Supreme Court system was way faster and quicker than ours was in Ghana in 2012. I am proud of you Kenya.

    Take a leaf out of Ghana and books and the bullshit we had to go through after our ex president Mahama and his goons rigged ours in 2012. We took it to court and after eight painful torture months and mountain of evidence our case was thrown out when Mahama paid off all the judges. In the long run what man meant for evil, God meant for good. We were all heart broken, but we went to work and in 4yrs studied how these ndc mutherfckers rigged and closed all the loop holes leading by 2016 election.

    Once all the loop holes were closed all attempts to right again in 2016 was back fired back to sender, and they lost miserably. Mahama the worst president in Ghana history. Finally after 4yrs no more weeks on end power outages our economy is getting better

    By Gods grace we have our better government in power and while we are on subject of better government today Sept 1, after only 8 months in office, our dear president has once again fulfilled one of his many promises.

    As of today Sept 1 2017 all Ghanaian senior high schools go to school for free, no tuition, free books no lab fees, free boarding room and board plus free meals. Where in world have u ever heard of free boarding, none whatsoever . These type of great news hater bloggers won’t publish but rather if was bad news they would have already posted.

    Kenya I wish you the best of luck. I pray after all is said and done all of Africa can take a leaf from Ghana and close all rigging in all our elections. Enough of the bullshit. We Ghanaians are rooting for you Kenya.

    Ps:if you ever see a Ghanaian kid hawking on the street tell them to go to school, as of today they have no excuse to hawk. None whatsoever

    • BC

      September 1, 2017 at 6:44 pm

      You have no proof that Mahama paid off any judge. You are clearly in favor of NPP and won’t hesitate to slander the opposition. Far from congratulating Kenyans, you shifted attention to your bias for NPP. Dedicated 5 paragraphs to your preferred political/ethnic affiliation. Your self-centeredness and self interest is obvious. get out of here pretending to congratulate others. Hypocrite

  2. nene+

    September 1, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    This is a good development coming from Africa.

  3. Tony

    September 1, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    Quite impressed with your write up. It’s time African citizens face reality. There is no foreign savior we have to hold our government accountable or push them out. I am proud of Ghana, Tanzania, and now Kenya. Gambians also did a good job to push that pig headed man out and kudos to Ecowas for enforcement of results.

    French African countries have been in more misery due to horrific die hard leaders like Paul Biya of Cameroon and other idiots in Chad, Gabon, Congo etc who came out of abject poor homes and have decided to milk the nation and die in power.

    I pray Kenyans vote right this next time and if Raila wins he has better bring great changes. My African people prayer alone would not save us. Action is required

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