Kenya: Supreme Court overrules Kenyatta election win, orders re-election

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Kenya’s Supreme Court has annulled President Uhuru Kenyatta’s August 8 election win, ordering a fresh election be held in October.

The country’s Supreme Court is the first in Africa to successfully annul an election win, following opposition claims of vote rigging. Four out of six judges found that Kenya’s electoral commission failed to conduct the country’s presidential election without “irregularities and illegalities”.

 

Result overturned

Incumbent president Uhuru Kenyatta was announced the winner of last month’s poll on August 11. However, the country’s opposition coalition refuted the results which claimed Kenyatta won a 54 percent majority over Raila Odinga’s 44 percent.

Odinga went to the courts alleging that the IEBC’s  computer systems had been hacked during the vote. He claimed the attack was used to manipulate vote counts in favour of his political rival.

He went as far as accusing the government of murdering a senior IT expert at the IEBC in order to facilitate the attack.

 

Another election in October

Kenya will now hold a second election in October this year. The Supreme Court’s decision is a landmark for politics in Kenya and the wider region. The re-election will be held on October 17 and political analysts are already suggesting the IEBC now has a very narrow margin for error this time around.

 

Featured image: By Amanda Lucidon (Uhuru Kenyatta photograph) / World Economic Forum (Raila Odinga photograph) – https://www.flickr.com/photos/statephotos/14860312613 / http://www.flickr.com/photos/15237218@N00/3237854563, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=62121592

About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.