Kenyan opposition leader: election board must resign, face prosecution

Kristopher Drake
September 4, 2017

The Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the election board had committed irregularities that rendered the August 8 vote invalid and overturned incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta's victory, which had been by a margin of 1.4 million votes.

Envoys from the European Union and 23 Western countries said the decision Friday of the Supreme Court of Kenya annulling the August 8 presidential election was "an important moment" for the east African country.

"This indeed is a very historic day for the people of Kenya and by extension the people of the continent of Africa".

Odinga has called for the election commission to resign and for some officials to face criminal prosecution.

The lead counsel for the president, Ahmednassir Abdulahi, told the court that the nullification was a "very political decision" but said they will live with the consequences.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga queried the elections was rigged in favour of incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta. Slye was among those who participated in Kenya's Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission set up after violence killed more than 1,000 people following the 2007 election. Odinga's supporters at first had said they would not go to court this time but filed a petition two weeks ago. The court says new elections must be held within 60 days.

The judiciary has a "problem", Kenyatta said in comments to elected officials from county assemblies.

Worldwide observers had said they saw no sign of manipulation of voting and tallying at polling stations. However, a new election date has yet to be determined by the country's election commission. He claimed that the electoral commission's IT system had been hacked and that the results were fixed.

He said the commission had committed irregularities "in the transmission of results", adding that the court would provide details in a full judgment within 21 days.

The president's public appearances since the ruling suggest he intends to campaign rigorously ahead of the re-run of the Aug.8 poll. There were, however, outbreaks of violence as opposition supporters protested the result.

"They are going to have to wipe a huge amount of egg off their faces", John Githongo, an anti-corruption campaigner and former head of Kenya's anti-corruption commission, said of the global observer missions.

He said that the decision of 45 million Kenyans can not be annulled by six people, referring to the Supreme Court judges.

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