Uhuru Kenyatta Slams Kenyan Judiciary Over Annulled Vote

Nasa leaders Raila Odinga addressing his supporters

Nasa leaders Raila Odinga addressing his supporters

The election commission had declared incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta the victor of the election by a margin of 1.4 million votes.

It was an unprecedented ruling for Kenya and will set up a new race between Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga.

Odinga has called for the election commission to resign and for some officials to face criminal prosecution.

Mr Odinga's petition against President Kenyatta in 2013 was thrown out by the Supreme Court, where President Kenyatta's lawyers submitted that the court did not have a precedent to draw from and urged the court to keep the tradition of maintaining the status quo.

"The declaration (of Kenyatta's win) is invalid, null and void", said Judge David Maranga, announcing the verdict backed by four out of the six judges and drawing cheers outside the court from Odinga supporters. Just days before the August 8 vote, key election official Chris Msando was killed.

The 8 August poll raised fears of major violence similar to that following a disputed vote in 2007.

Many social media users tweeting on the issue said that the court's judgment was a victory for Kenyan democracy.

President Uhuru Kenyatta won 54 per cent of the vote in last month's election, easily surpassing the 50 per cent threshold needed to avoid a second round run-off. "The votes are still there and we are wondering why the court could not order a recount if the transmission is the one which had a problem".

He also asked if they "have more power than the Kenyans voted for their preferred presidential candidate". That will require an overhaul of the election commission, whose integrity came into question even before Friday's ruling.

Chris Musando, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Director of the Kenyan Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), was killed just seven days to the election.

Worldwide election observers, including former Secretary of State John Kerry, had said they saw no interference with the vote.

It is believed to be the first time in Africa that a court has ruled against the electoral win of an incumbent based on a court challenge by the opposition.

He said that the decision of 45 million Kenyans can not be annulled by six people, referring to the Supreme Court judges.

But the Supreme Court on Friday said the election commission committed "illegalities and irregularities". Details of the ruling will be released within 21 days.

In a statement he read out on behalf of the Judicial Service Commission less than a week before the election, he listed instances in which politicians - from the ruling party and the opposition - had tried to intervene with the judiciary's work.

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