There was surprise in Kenya as the election results which saw Uhuru Kenyatta winning the elections were overturned by the Supreme Court. The results were nullified, and a new vote has been ordered within 60 days.
The opposition had always protested that the election had been flawed, by claiming that there were serious irregularities and that the IT system had been hacked in order to manipulate the results and tilt the scales in Kenyatta’s favour. Kenyatta had won the election by 54.3% of the vote but the Supreme Court ruled out that the election had been marred by serious irregularities and illegalities. As a result, the court has nullified Kenyatta’s win and called for another presidential election to be held within 60 days. Kenyatta will run against 72-year-old opposition leader Raila Odinga. The six-judge bench ruled 4-2 in favor of the petition filed by Odinga.
Kenyatta has appeared to have been visibly dejected from the ruling, but if there’s one commendable thing about him is that he is going to respect the rule of law. Whether the law is just or unjust, it still remains the law and he has called for peace and calm following this decision. He said that he “personally disagrees” with the ruling but has also expressed that his party will go back to the polls with the same agenda as before. No presidential election has been nullified in the East African country and the opposition supporters broke into jubilation and raucous dances in the streets when they heard of the landmark ruling.
“It’s a very historic day for the people of Kenya and by extension the people of Africa,” said opposition candidate Raila Odinga, who had challenged the vote.
“For the first time in the history of African democratization, a ruling has been made by a court nullifying irregular election of a president. This is a precedent-setting ruling.”
So far the decision has had effects on the economy that have been felt and is likely going to increase the instability in the nation. The decision has been viewed as a very political one from the President’s side, while for Odinga and his supporters the decision has been viewed as a victory for democracy.