In a stunning success for Kenya’s opposition, the nationâ€™s Supreme Court on Friday nullified the result of last monthâ€™s tense presidential election, won by incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta.
Opposition leader Raila Odinga had claimed irregularities in three successive elections.
The court decision came after the murder of a key election official, Chris Msando, just days before the vote. It moreover followed the arrest and deportation of a group of foreign advisers before the election, who were hired to assist Odinga’s party ensure a fair and transparent count.
Kenyatta was declared the winner last month by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.
But the court found irregularities in the vote, and judges voted 4-to-2 to support Odingaâ€™s petition calling for nullification. The- court ordered a new vote to be held within 60 days.
After Kenyaâ€™s Aug. 8 vote, at least 24 people were shot dead in protests by Odinga supporters, reportedly Kenyan human rights groups, when cops used live ammunition to quell unrest in opposition strongholds.
It is the 1st time a Kenyan court has nullified an election result. Odinga took unsuccessful court action after 2013 elections in that he claimed were rigged.
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