Kenya's Supreme Court annuls presidential poll results

Friday September 1 2017

By The EastAfrican
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Kenyan Supreme Court ruled, in a verdict made by four out of the six judges, that the electoral commission, IEBC, failed, neglected or refused to adhere to the law when conducting the election.

Summary of events

  • The judges nullified the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta, declaring the results "invalid, null and void".
  • The top court also ordered that fresh polls be conducted in 60 days.
  • Chief Justice David Maraga said the court found no evidence of President Kenyatta's misconduct.
  • Two of six judges disagreed with majority verdict saying opposition National Super Alliance (Nasa) leader Raila Odinga failed to prove claims that the polls were rigged in favour of Mr Kenyatta.

    Mr Raila Odinga celebrates his win together

    Mr Raila Odinga celebrates his win together with other Nasa leaders at the Supreme Court on September 1, 2017. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

  • Nasa supporters celebrated the court's ruling in Nairobi and in Mr Odinga's strongholds in western Kenya, particularly in Kisumu.
  • Mr Odinga said the verdict was unprecedented in Africa adding that the "IEBC committed criminal act and belong to jail”.

    Mr Raila Odinga celebrates his win together

    Mr Raila Odinga celebrates his win together with other Nasa leaders at the Supreme Court on September 1, 2017. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

  • IEBC chairperson, Wafula Chebukati absolved himself from any responsibility in the wake of the ruling. He said he would not resign.
  • Mr Chebukati called on the Director of Public Prosecution to investigate and prosecute staff who might have been involved in elections malpractice.

    Kenya's electoral commission, IEBC, chairman

    Kenya's electoral commission, IEBC, chairman Wafula Chebukati addressing journalists in Nairobi in the wake of the ruling annulling presidential election results on September 1, 2017. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL | NMG

  • 24 foreign envoys in Kenya termed the Supreme Court's decision as "an example for Africa and the world".
  • President Kenyatta said he respected the ruling but did not agree with it. He said the six judges decided to overturn the will of millions of people.
  • The President urged Kenyans to maintain peace. He said, together with his deputy William Ruto, that they were ready for the repeat election.
  • The two then held an impromptu rally at Burma Market in Nairobi where they made scathing remarks about the Supreme Court judges, describing them as "know-it-alls" and "thugs".
  • Three Kenyans moved to court seeking to bar the electoral agency IEBC from conducting the repeat election.