Kenya’s Supreme court has declared Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory in presidential elections held on August 8 as null and avoid.
In a ruling on Friday, the court said the electoral board committed “irregularities and illegalities” during last month’s vote, harming the integrity of the election.
The decision to nullify the result, a first in Kenya, sets up a new race for the presidency between Kenyatta and the veteran opposition leader Raila Odinga.
The court ordered another presidential election to be held within 60 days.
“The declaration [of Kenyatta’s win] is invalid, null and void,” said Judge David Maraga, announcing the verdict of four out of the six judges.
Maraga said the election commission,” failed, neglected or refused to conduct the presidential election in a manner consistent with the dictates of the Constitution”.
No Kenya presidential election has ever before been nullified. It is also a rare occurrence in the whole of Africa.
Kenyatta, however, accepted the court decision on Friday afternoon, calling for “peace, peace, peace” in a televised address.