Published: Sun, September 03, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Despite Broad Acceptance of Ruling, John Kerry Declares Kenya's Election Wasn't Rigged

Despite Broad Acceptance of Ruling, John Kerry Declares Kenya's Election Wasn't Rigged

It said the election commission "committed illegalities and the transmission of results, substance of which will be given in the detailed judgment of the court" that will be published within 21 days.

Kenyatta was announced the victor with 54 percent of the vote - but Odinga claimed the election was rigged with electronic voting results hacked into and manipulated in favour of Kenyatta.

President Kenyatta says he personally disagrees with the decision of the Supreme Court to nullify his re-election, but accepts and respects it.

"This indeed is a very historic day for the people of Kenya", the opposition leader said after the decision.

Kenyans reacted with celebration, frustration and shock Friday after the Supreme Court, in a 4 to 2 decision, ordered a do-over of last month's presidential election.

Chairman Wafula Chebukati noted the ruling and said there would be "changes to personnel" ahead of the new election.

Kenyatta was announced the victor of the ballot held in August with 54% of the vote. Those resentments have lingered since Kenyan independence in 1964, when Kenyatta's father, Jomo Kenyatta, became the nation's first president.

The ruling comes after worldwide observers, including former Secretary of State John Kerry, said the election had been held with few disruptions.

They had very few three-pointers to speak of; in other words, they were the opposite of what the NBA is supposed to be today. In fact, not only do they have deficiencies, but they do not even have the tools or resources to resolve those deficiencies.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) had said there was a hacking attempt but it failed.

"The declaration (of Mr Kenyatta's win) is invalid, null and void", said Judge David Maranga, announcing the verdict backed by four out of the six judges and drawing cheers outside the court from Odinga supporters.

The election sparked days of protests, in which at least 28 people were killed.

Friday's ruling is the first time a Kenyan court has nullified an election result.

"Were you? We have a problem and we must fix it", he continued, before repeating that he would respect the court's ruling.

#Raila Odinga and his team are ecstatic, people in Kisumu his hometown and one of his strongholds and also in Mombasa were seen celebrating, hundreds on the streets, dancing, and chanting Raila slogans.

A rerun of the vote raises fears of a return to violence in a country with a history of combustible electoral politics.

He also invited the Directorate of Public Prosecutions to probe the commission's staff, which may have been involved in electoral fraud.

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