Kenya’s Supreme Court cancels presidential poll result

Kenya's Supreme Court cancels presidential poll result

Kenya’s Supreme Court has annulled the result of the country’s recent presidential election.

Citing irregularities, the Supreme Court said a new poll should be held within 60 days.

The six-judge bench ruled 4-2 in favor of the petition filed by opposition candidate Raila Odinga. He claimed that the electronic voting results were hacked into and manipulated in favor of Kenyatta. The president had won a second term with 54 percent of the vote.

“The presidential election was not conducted in accordance with constitution, rendering the declared results invalid null and void,” Chief Justice David Maraga said.

The election commission had declared incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta the winner of last month’s election.

But Kenya opposition candidate Raila Odinga claimed that the commission’s it system had been hacked to manipulate the results.

Kenya was plunged into violence following disputes after the country’s 2007 elections was won by Kenyatta. Inter-ethnic clashes and police violence led to the killing of 1,300 people and more than 650,000 displaced.

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