Kenya’s Supreme Court invalidates President Uhuru Kenyatta’s election

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The Kenyan Supreme Court on Friday annuled presidential election siting irregularities which harmed the vote.

The six-judge bench led by Chief Justice David Maraga, by majority decision, found that the electoral commission failed to conduct the polls according to the Constitution and Elections Act.

“Elections is not an event but an process. After considering the totality of the entire evidence, we are satisfied that the elections were not conducted in accordance to the dictates of the Constitution and the applicable principles,” Chief justice Maraga said.

“That President Uhuru Kenyatta was not validly elected on August 8,” he added.

Judges Ojwang and Njoki Ndung’u dissented while judge Mohammed Ibrahim did not take part in the decision because he is unwell in hospital.

The Supreme Court ordered the IEBC to conduct a fresh presidential election within strict confines of the law within 60 days.

Lawyers who represented Mr Kenyatta and the IEBC protested the judgment and sought explanations and clarifications from the judges.

Justice Maraga said, in due time, they would be able to demonstrate why they reached their decision.

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