Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta’s August 8, win was nullified by the country’s Supreme Court on Friday, and called for new elections to be held within the next 60 days according to report by Chicago Tribune.
“A declaration is hereby issued that the presidential election held on Aug. 8 was not conducted in accordance to the constitution and applicable law, rendering the results invalid, null and void,” Chief Justice David Maraga said.
Opposition Candidate Raila Odinga called the ruling rejoiced in the ruling.
“It’s a very historic day for the people of Kenya and by extension the people of Africa,” he said. “For the first time in the history of African democratization, a ruling has been made by a court nullifying irregular election of a president. This is a precedent-setting ruling.”
Although former Secretary of State John Kerry and other international election observers claim they saw no abnormalities with the voting, the opposition’s lawyers say that the votes were not counted correctly.
“Right or wrong, the Supreme Court has spoken,” electoral commission lawyer Paul Muite said. “So what remains is a fresh opportunity for the people of Kenya, in exercise of their sovereign authority, to once again restate with clarity who they want as their president.”