Kenyan streets light up with celebrations as Supreme Court orders re-run election in 60 days
Kenya’s Supreme Court has overturned the re-election of Uhuru Kenyatta, the country’s president.
The Court ordered a fresh vote in a stunning ruling that was unprecedented and would go down as a first in Africa’s recent election history.
The ruling has prompted huge celebrations across towns and villages in the Eastern African country.
In the slums of Nairobi and the cities of western Kenya, Mr Odinga’s supporters marched in their hundreds of thousands, waving tree branches and singing jubilantly.
The court found that Mr Kenyatta’s victory in the election, held on August 8, was marred by “irregularities and illegalities”.
The six judges on the bench ruled by a majority of four to two to uphold a petition by Mr Kenyatta’s challenger, Raila Odinga, who argued that he had been deprived of victory through systematic fraud.
Chief Justice, David Maraga, concluded that the manner in which the electoral commission had tallied the votes was so flawed it merited a re-run of the election within 60 days.
“The presidential election held on August 8th was not conducted in accordance with the constitution and applicable law, rendering the results invalid, null and void,” he told the courtroom.
Mr Odinga had earlier refused to challenge the results in court, arguing that the supreme court had proved itself to be partisan tool of the executive after it rejected his petition five years ago to overturn Mr Kenyatta’s first election victory.
At least 28 people were killed in protests that broke out after the election held in August, that announced Kenyatta as the winner.
Many of the protesters were against the election results. A child wa she killed.
President Uhuru Kenyatta was re-elected Kenyan President in August.