KENYANS WILL GO BACK TO THE BALLOT ON OCTOBER 17




İrem Uzun –TDO- The country's election commission said that Kenya will hold another presidential election on October 17 after the original result was nullified by Kenya Supreme Court.

On August 8, incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner with 54% of the vote and Raila Odinga got 45%, according to the electoral commission.  However, David Maraga, the court’s chief justice, declared the result “invalid, null and void” after siding with the opposition, which had argued that the vote had been electronically manipulated to assure a victory for President Uhuru Kenyatta. On September 1, Supreme Court invalidated the results of the contentious August 8 presidential election and ordered a new vote within 60 days.       

It was the first time in Africa that a court has nullified the reelection of a sitting leader. David Maraga and three of his colleagues said that the presidential election had not been conducted in accordance with the constitution and annulled the election, they have created history. After the annulment, “I am happy to be Kenyan today, it is a historic day for the people of Kenya, and by extension the people of Africa,” opposition leader Mr Odinga said. Mr Kenyatta said he respected the ruling and called on all Kenyans to respond peacefully, but he also reproached the court. “Millions of Kenyans queued, made their choice, and six people have decided that they will go against the will of the people,” he said.      

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission set the date on September 4, candidates Kenyatta and Odinga, will once again compete for the seat on October 17. "There shall be no fresh nominations in the envisaged fresh election," the commission said. Opposition leader Raila Odinga has said that he will not take part in the presidential election on 17 October "without legal and constitutional guarantees”. Mr Odinga emphasized that the new election must held in an environment where everything that went wrong can be corrected.