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Supreme Court Nullifies Kenya’s Presidential Election Results

Chief  justice David Maraga has nullified the August 8 Kenya’s presidential election results. In the lawsuit filed by the opposition leader Hon. Raila Odinga, the Supreme Court directed the country to a fresh presidential election in 60 days.

In the elections conducted early last month, the Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission announced the incumbent president, Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta as the winner of the elections, beating Raila by a margin of 1.4 million votes.

The opposition claimed that the IT system used to transmit the election results had been hacked and manipulated to keep president Uhuru always ahead of Hon. Raila Odinga. According to the results announced by the IEBC chair Mr. Chebukati, Kenyatta had won the elections with 54% of the total presidential votes cast.

It has been evident that Kenyans could have taken to the streets had the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Kenyatta. In 2013, Raila challenged the election of Kenyatta citing irregularities, but the court ruled against him.

After reading his judgment, justice Maraga urged the two parties to wait for the details of the ruling patiently, and also encourage Kenyans to be patient and remain peaceful.

It is indeed a memorable and a very happy moment for opposition supporters and all Kenyans in general. Speaking with reporters outside the Supreme Court, Hon. Raila Odinga congratulated the Chief justice and his team and said that it is indeed a historical day in Kenya and the whole of Africa.

By Nullifying the Kenya’s Presidential election results, Kenya will be remembered as the first country in Africa to nullify an elections results.

Muthami Nzilili