Kenya’s Supreme Court has ordered the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to hold fresh presidential elections in 60 days.
Chief Justice David Maraga ruled Friday the recently-concluded election was “not conducted in accordance with the Constitution.”
This means the election that saw Uhuru Kenyatta defeat his arch rival Raila Odinga is now null and void.
Raila recently went to court to challenge the outcome of the election, citing massive irregularities including electronic rigging.
IEBC was accused of illegally releasing unverified results to create the expectation of an Uhuru Kenyatta victory.
Raila also questioned what he called the bizarre phenomenon of Uhuru Kenyatta’s “lead” staying at around a consistent 11 per cent throughout the release of the “results”.
Raila said such a fixed margin has never been maintained throughout any democratic election anywhere in the world.
“But it happened here because an algorithm had been introduced to rig the outcome. It happened in full view of all our people and all the election observers,” said Raila as his coalition went to the Supreme Court.
He also challenged the facts that IEBC announced that Uhuru had been elected president, even though the commission continued to acknowledge that only about 29,000 of the 41,000 verified Forms 34As had been tallied.
The Chief Justice read the majority ruling of 5 judges and two dissenting opinions by Justices Njoki Ndung’u and Jackton Ojwang.
The Chief Justice said court was “satisfied that there were irregularities that affected the outcome of the election.”
He further stated that IEBC “failed to conduct the election in the manner stipulated in the Constitution.”
The move is a big blow to Kenya’s most powerful family and could tilt the balance of power in favour of the opposition.