Kenya Supreme Court nullifies election result

In a landmark decision the Kenyan Supreme Court has nullified the re-election of Uhuru Kenyatta, declaring a new election must occur within 60 days.

The decision has been labelled a watershed moment for the nation, and sets a new precedent for the continent.

The court placed the blame on the election commission, saying it “committed illegalities and irregularities”, placing no blame on Mr Kenyatta or his party.

The second election re-ignites the race between Mr Kenyatta and his opponent Rails Odinga.

The ruling was made after a challenge was made by Mr Odinga, who claimed that the electronic voting system was hacked to favour Mr Kenyatta.

The Supreme Court said “[The election commission] failed, neglected or refused to conduct the presidential election in a manner consistent with the dictates of the constitution”, and passed the motion 4-2.

Mr Kenyatta has said he “personally disagrees” with the ruling, but is not challenging it and has urged “peace peacepeace”.

Mr Odinga has previously contested the last three elections on similar grounds, but lost each time.

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