Supreme Court says electoral board committed ‘illegalities’ as it orders a fresh election to be held within two months.
The court on Friday ordered on a new presidential election to be held within 60 days, saying that the electoral board committed “irregularities and illegalities” during the vote.
Voters of opposition leader Raila Odinga have filled the streets of the capital, Nairobi, cheering their support for the court’s decision
At the time of publication, #SupremeCourtDecides and #ElectionsKE2017 were the most popular Twitter hashtags in Kenya.
Many social media users tweeting on the issue said that the court’s judgment was a victory for Kenyan democracy.
Kenya! 🇰🇪An election annulled. Do you still doubt that the winds of change blow in Africa?
— Nancy Kacungira (@kacungira) September 1, 2017
Peace prevailed after justice took it's course. Kenya feels more safer and calm than before.
— owinoD (@owino_obunga) September 1, 2017
For the first time fairness has prevailed in Kenya
— Nichodemus Mwania (@nichomaingi) September 1, 2017
Last month’s election is the first one to be nullified in the East African country.
“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.
Following the announcement, many took to Twitter to congratulate the judges for their decision.
— Rakesh (@RBudhdev) September 1, 2017
One small step for Kenya, one giant leap for democracy, constitutionalism and rule of law in Africa. #SupremeCourtDecides
— Wanjikũ Revolution™ (@WanjikuRevolt) September 1, 2017
I was not in Kenya for the election, but I am deeply proud of our Supreme Court today. This is how to grow a democracy.
— Binyavanga Wainaina (@BinyavangaW) September 1, 2017
Kenyans now have reason to trust in their institutions. This is good for our political development.
— Ken Opalo (@kopalo) September 1, 2017
According to the results announced by the electoral commission before they were nullified, Kenyatta had been declared the winner with 54 percent of the votes.
Some of his supporters also took to social media to express support for the leader of the Jubilee Party.
President Uhuru Kenyatta will still win round two. No worries! #SupremeCourtDecides
— JASPER (@JasperEmpire16) September 1, 2017
— Morris Kamweru (@KamweruMbathi) September 1, 2017
I agree with Uhuru Kenyatta, 6 people can't change the will of the people; Chebukati, Chiloba, Chirchir,Kioni,Ruto & UK#SupremeCourtDecides
— Elvis Mang'unyi (@mangunyi) September 1, 2017