Court annuls Kenya presidential election

05 September, 2017, 21:13 | Author: Warren Cooper
  • Court annuls Kenya presidential election

Speaking during a live televised speech at a meeting of his Jubilee party on Saturday, Kenyatta pointed to the country's judiciary system, saying, "We shall revisit this thing". We clearly have a problem.

A day after his victory was annulled by the country's supreme court, President Uhuru Kenyatta has vowed to "fix" Kenya's judiciary.

The Commission again urged the supreme Court to make it as quickly as possible the motives of his judgment, to know what she needed to improve the organization of this election.

But at a rally in Nairobi on Friday he branded the Supreme Court judges "crooks".

Kenyatta said he "personally disagrees" with the ruling on Fridau but respects it.

Kenyatta and Odinga are likely the only two contestants that will be part of the fresh election in October. The trade unionist had criticised election observers days after the vote for giving it a clean bill of health.

The Opposition has won a case in the Kenyan Supreme Court - with a majority of the six judges finding irregularities in the way the country's election commission operated. In the 2013 elections, the Supreme Court dismissed his petition.

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The fearless move by the supreme court to overturn the result of the August 8 election - which was passed by four judges to two - has little precedent in recent history in Africa, where judiciaries are usually appointed by the ruling regime and toe the line when it comes to decisions such as this.

"This is behaviour that does honour to Africa and proves that democracy is now installed on the continent", Conde said.

A presidential spokesperson said the government will not replace the election board ahead of the election, setting up a potential showdown between the government and the opposition. Friday's ruling was the first time a court supported his claim.

"The commission is revising the operational and procedural requirements for the conduct of the fresh election and will share details with stakeholders" soon, it said.

Mr Kenyatta, however, has said the electoral commission should not be interfered with and warned against taking action on the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission. The elections on August 8 and statistics's announcement were signed by violent protests of Odinga's opponents who caused 28 deaths in this capital and other interior cities. That will require an overhaul of the election commission, whose integrity came into question even before Friday's ruling.

A spokesman for the electoral board, Andrew Limo, said the situation was complicated by the fact that the court would not release its full verdict until September 21. "Let us be people of peace", he said in a speech.

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