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Kenya Supreme Court Nullifies Presidential Election, Sets Date For Election Rerun

Supreme Court in Kenya has annulled the result of last month's presidential election, citing irregularities, malpractice and ordered a new one within the next 60 days.

The election commission had declared incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta the winner by a margin of 1.4 million votes. Recall that the then Acting President of Nigeria, prof. Yemi Osinbajo attended the swearing in ceremony of the incumbent president.

Raila Odinga, Mr Kenyatta's opponent, said members of the commission had committed a monstrous crime and should be brought to book and punished severely. Though the incumbent president, Kenyatta said he disagreed with the court ruling, he pledged to respect the decision. He called on Kenyans to do the same and remain calm.

Chief Justice David Maraga said the 8 August election had not been "conducted in accordance with the constitution" and declared it "invalid, null and void". He said the verdict was backed by four of the six Supreme Court judges.

The announcement drew cheers from opposition supporters both inside and outside the courtroom. The court ruling did not attribute any blame to President Kenyatta's party or campaign.

Opposition supporters jubilation...

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