Kenya: Supreme Court nullifies elections

Most of Ruto’s allies got strategic seats in both the National Assembly and the Senate

Most of Ruto’s allies got strategic seats in both the National Assembly and the Senate

The country's electoral commission had already declared incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta the victor of last month's election, with 54.3 percent of the vote in a contest were almost 80 percent of Kenya's 19 million registered voters were said to have cast ballots.

Following the court ruling, Kenyatta will have to compete with veteran opposition leader Raila Odinga in a new round of election. "We have no faith in the electoral commission as now constituted".

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta (C) meets his supporters at Burma market after his election win was declared invalid by the Supreme Court in Nairobi, Kenya, September 1, 2017.

A rerun of the vote raises fears of a return to violence in a country with a history of combustible electoral politics.

"If the opposition has a problem, they should ask their elected leaders to resign", said Ruto.

But later on Friday, he told a rally of supporters the judges were "crooks" and said Mr Maraga "should know that he is now dealing with the serving president". Ahead of the vote Kenya's treasury said preparation and execution of polling would cost the equivalent of around $480 million.

The judges ordered that new elections must take place within 60 days.

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.

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Three police explosives experts in Goettingen were killed in 2010 while preparing to defuse a 1,000 lb (450kg) bomb . The bombs were found last week at a building site, in what is the country's biggest evacuation since the war.

It was for the first time in the history of Africa that a court nullified the re-election of an incumbent.

Mr Odinga added: "We won the elections and we are going to win them again".

The August election, which included the presidential poll in addition to races at other levels of government was one of the most expensive ever held in Africa.

But until the court's full ruling is released, it is unclear what the judgment is based on.

While an appeal he made to the court in 2013 was dismissed, this time his team focused on proving that the process for tallying and transmitting results was flawed, rather than proving how much of the vote was rigged.

Two dozen countries including the United States, which already had congratulated Kenyatta on his victory, issued a joint statement Friday saying the court's ruling "demonstrated Kenya's resilient democracy and commitment to the rule of law".

The opposition argued that the vote had been hacked and electronically manipulated to assure a victory for President Uhuru Kenyatta.

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