Kenya’s Supreme Court says last Presidential poll was not in accordance with constitution, orders re-run
Source :NewsBharati   Date :01-Sep-2017

Nairobi, September 1: After Kenya’s presidential poll the country witnessed a gargantuan violence due to the claim of wrong proceedings in the election. The opponents claimed Election Commission did not publish the proper result of the election. Proving this true, the Supreme Court of Kenya declared the results of last month’s presidential poll “invalid, null and void” and ordered the election be re-run within 60 days.

A judge bench of six decided that the election commission of Kenya could not conduct the election in accordance with the Constitution and Elections Act. The court canceled the validity of the Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. Hence within 60 days of this judgment, a fresh presidential election within strict confines of the law has to be conducted.

"Elections is not an event but a process. After considering the totality of the entire evidence, we are satisfied that the elections were not conducted in accordance with the dictates of the Constitution and the applicable principles," Chief justice David Maraga said.

Lawyers who represented President Kenyatta and the IEBC sought an explanation clarifying the judgment from the division bench. A lawyer said the Justice gave priority to the wishes of Kenyans. Justice Maraga said, in due time, they would be able to demonstrate why they reached their decision. This decision is a big win for opponents.