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By FutureLaw Desk

The Supreme Court of Kenya has declared the result of last month’s presidential election as illegal, citing procedural irregularities in a 4:2 majority verdict. The Court also ordered to hold a new election within 60 days.

Justice David Maraga, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Kenya stated that the election held on August 8, 20167 had not been “conducted in accordance with the constitution” and declared it “invalid, null and void”.

Despite the chief opponent alleged a massive rigging in the election,  the Kenyan election commission had declared incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta the winner by a margin of 1.4 million votes.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition leader Raila Odinga

The Court order did not elaborate on any irregularities in the short verdict, but said the court would provide details in a full judgment within 21 days. Furthermore, the court order did not attribute any blame to President Kenyatta’s party or campaign.

However, international election monitors from the EU, the African Union and the US said there had been no major fraud on election day and urged opposition candidate Raila Odinga to accept the results.

The election has already sparked days of sporadic protests, in which at least 28 people were killed so far. Experts and analysts are also apprehending potential political violence in a large scale, which was seen as an aftermath of a disputed election in 2007.


Featured image courtesy – CNN