Kenya to have re-run of presidential poll: Supreme Court annuls Uhuru Kenyatta election victory

Kenya’s Supreme Court has annulled the result of the last month’s presidential election.

Uhuru Kenyatta won a second term as president with 54% of the vote but the result has now been annulled.
Photograph: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters

Odinga waves to supporters as he leaves the supreme court.
Photograph: Ben Curtis/AP

Odinga’s supporters celebrate in Kibera.
Photograph: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters

Citing irregularities, Chief Justice David Maraga said a new vote should be held within 60 days.

The election commission had declared incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta the winner of the election by a margin of 1.4 million votes.

But the opposition argued that the commission’s IT system had been hacked to manipulate the results.

The BBC’s Caroline Karobia in Nairobi says Kenya has made history as the first country in Africa to annul presidential election.

Reading the ruling – reached by a majority of four to two among the judges – Justice Maraga said the 8 August poll had not been “conducted in accordance with the Constitution”.

After the announcement, opposition supporters were seen celebrating outside the court building, as well as in opposition strongholds—

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Its high time that Judge Kenyatta Nyirenda and his Colleagues should emulate a typical example in their field of profession and specialization.


Judge Kenyatta Nyirenda advised MEC to recount but if the Constitution says results have to be released after 8 days, did you want him to break the Constitution and be arrested. Dont compare apples and oranges my friend.


This strongly signifies how independent the judiciary is in Kenya. We have also learn that we should not trust electoral commission as in most cases is there to save the ruling party.


As an African in the the diaspora, Kenya has made us proud osati za ma judge akumalawi zija anachita 2014.


concur with Alungwana


You fools, don’t you know that in 2014 it is both the courts and the Electral Commission who backed Mutharika’s win? And surprisingly the winner was an opposition party. The issue posted here is about the ruling party victory while in Malawi it was the opposition victory. These issues are different. What does our constitution say about the time frame of swearing the winner? What are they celebrating? A court ruling not vote winning? Is that an automatic win for Odinga? Linda madzi apite ndipo uziti ndadala.


Nonsense Santana. Electoral Commission was obligated by the court system to announce results, and it did not nod to the fraudulent results.APM connived with judge Kenyatta Nyirenda his friend, to put pressure on the electoral Commission to announce results before concerns of irregularities were effectively met. Didn’t Joyce Banda try to nullify the results? You DPP people are good for nothing and arrogant stupiditly.

Benedict Songole

You are barking at the wrong tree. The results were announced because of what is stated in the constitution about announcing election results. Did you want the judge to forsake the constitution? If you don’t want the same thing to happen again in 2019 the constitution needs to be changed.


This is not complete democracy. What we have is competing democracy which is not cost-effective for poor Africa at all. Go to China, and you will find complete democracy there. That’s why China is developing faster than any country on earth. Kaya, tsalaniponi muzisanduka ndi Raira wanuyo.

My prediction is that Kenyatta will win again.


I oppose, Kenyatta will not win this second round of Kenyan election. Kenyatta Reputation is totally damaged and people now have know that Ruling Jubelee of Kenyatta and IEBC rigged the 2017,8August elections.
Raila Odinga will cement a Victory this time around without a doubt, bcoz people know that Raila Odinga won the elections, but Kenyatta tried to stool the election.
The elections in Kenya after 60days will be difficult to rig and stole once again, and l can see Raila Odinga Winning.


What I know is that Kenya is a highly corrupt nation may be second from Nigeria, even if the opposition here may see as if there is justice for a rerun but these Kikuyu’s can not allow the minority(Laila Odinga) grouping to reign in Kenya

This is what should have happened to Malawi’s elections in 2014 and not rushing to swear in a candidate who narrowly won fraudulently after massive complaints of irregularities. Our judicial system is prone to manipulation and partisan influence. It is easily coexed to please those who easily palm-oil it. Sometimes it is just common sense and a deviation from irrelevant electoral statutes is necessary when a candidate fails to meet a winning election standard. Even if the law says once specific days are reached after election day a candidate has to be sworn in, the judges can use common sense… Read more »
angoni satha onse

This is what we want in Malawi in 2019 when will have the irregularities of results,please our beloved judicial should learn from our colleagues from Kenya not what happened in 2014


Before you have voted? Wishful thinking.


Iyai Angoni Satha Onse amene anawina kuno in 2014 anali a opposition amene ali a DPP, chimene chimabvuta kuno ku Africa kuti a opposition a wine ok. The thing is a PP anali ndi mphamvu zonse zochita manupuleti zisankho koma this failed ndipo a opposition anawina which is quiet different fron what has happened in Kenya.


Democracy at its best. Kunakakhala kuno tjnakamulumbilitsa usiku.

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