In a first-of-its-kind ruling in Kenya, the Supreme Court nullified the result of the presidential elections held last month, which made Uhuru Kenyatta the Kenyan president, who has already served in the top office for one five-year term.

On a judgment agreed upon by four out of the six judges, the Kenyan court ruled that the elections were not credible and that the result was invalid due to discrepancies in the counting of votes manually and via the EDM, though the election commission totally disagreed. The re-elections for filling up the position of President of Kenya will be held again within 60 days.

The Supreme Court judgment on a petition filed by opposition Presidential candidate Raila Odinga raised questions on the statement of international monitors that declared the elections valid.

While supporters of Odinga celebrated with cheers after hearing the SC verdict, those in support of ruling President Kenyatta sparked protests in various parts of the country, as Uhuru Kenyatta had won by a clear majority of 54% to 45% from Odinga.

In the midst of cheers and praises from Odinga’s supporters, Kenyatta’s lawyer termed the decision ‘very political’, and said that the decision of the people would prevail. The majority win of Kenyatta could not be overruled by the decision of four people.

‘We don’t believe in the court’s judgment but would still respect it,’ were the words of the ruling president. He urged the people of Kenya to be patient and keep the faith.

Uhuru is the 55-year old son of Kenya’s founder president, Jomo Kenyatta (1964-78), and has already served a five-year term as President of Kenya from 2012-17.

In an address to his supporters, Odinga said, “this is for the first time in the history of African democratization where a ruling has been made by a court nullifying the election of a president,”

US secretary of state John Kerry observed that while there were some aberrations here and there, the election was not rigged.

 

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