Kenyan supreme court annuls Uhuru Kenyatta election victory

Kenyan supreme court annuls Uhuru Kenyatta election victory

The verdict of the Supreme Court on whether President Uhuru Kenyatta's win in the August 8 elections was valid.

The court ordered another presidential election to be held within 60 days.

Kenyatta was declared the victor last month by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.

Odinga's initial claims of falsified votes and electoral system hacking did not hold up to expert scrutiny, suggesting his formal petition will meet the same fate.

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

"The presidential election was not conducted in accordance with constitution, rendering the declared results invalid null and void", Chief Justice David Maraga said.

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"It's a very historic day for the people of Kenya and by extension the people of Africa", said Odinga.

Worldwide observers had said they saw no sign of manipulation of voting and tallying at polling stations.

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

Lead counsel Ahmednassir Abdulahi spoke to the court after the six-judge panel ruled 4-2 in favour of the petition filed by opposition candidate Raila Odinga.

Security was tight around the courthouse with armed police and barricaded streets.

However, Mr Odinga, of the National Super Alliance (Nasa), contests the win, arguing that the poll was marred by massive irregularities and inconsistencies. 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.

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