Kenyan presidential election results nullified by court

Kenyan presidential election results nullified by court

Kenya's supreme court has nullified Uhuru Kenyatta's win in the presidential election last month and ordered a new vote within 60 days.

Unease around the election rose when the official who oversaw the electronic voting system was found tortured and killed days before the vote.

Kenyatta had won a second term with 54% of the vote.

But in all likelihood, the seven-member Supreme Court will uphold the August 8 result.

The judges can dismiss the petition altogether, meaning that President Kenyatta would be deemed duly elected, or they can declare the poll invalid, sending Kenyans back to the ballot in two months.

In front of a capacity courtroom in Nairobi, chief justice David Maraga said, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) of Kenya "failed, neglected or refused to conduct the presidential election in a manner consistent with the dictates of the constitution".

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The court did not place any blame on Mr Kenyatta or his party.

Odinga's lawyer had asked the court to invalidate Kenyatta's win, saying a scrutiny of the forms used to tally the votes had anomalies that affected almost 5 million votes.

Lawyers for Kenyatta described the nullification as a "very political decision" but they said they would live with the consequences.

At 0918 GMT, less than an hour after the court's ruling, commercial banks quoted the shilling at 103.20/40 per dollar, compared with 102.75/95 at Thursday's close.

The Court ruled the election must be re-run. "This is a triumph for the people of Kenya". Inter-ethnic clashes and police violence led to the killing of 1,300 people and more than 650,000 displaced.

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