Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Kenya Presidential Elections Annulled 1 September 2017

Daily Nation – Uhuru Election nullified 1 September 2017 Nation Team

The Supreme Court of Kenya has nullified the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta. The article reports that a six-judge bench, by majority decision on Friday indicted the Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), saying it conducted the elections contrary to the dictates to constitution and poll laws. The comments from the Supreme court were quite damning of the Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

“A decision is hereby issued that the elections held on August 8, were not conducted in accordance with the Constitution and the applicable law. The results are therefore invalid, null and void,” Chief justice David Maraga said.” Daily Nation 1 September 2017.

The following quote highlighted in the report may be a useful one for civic education, political science students and researchers of the electoral process.
“Elections is not an event but a process. After considering the totality of the entire evidence, we are satisfied that the elections were not conducted in accordance to the dictates of the Constitution and the applicable principles.” Chief of Justice of Kenya David Maraga.

Source: Daily Nation (Nation Team) 1 September 2017 – Uhuru Election nullified 1 September 2017

http://www.nation.co.ke/news/Kenya-Election-Petition-Supreme-Court-Judgment-Uhuru/1056-4079158-j52377/index.html

KenyaElections.com Study Group Notes:
This is the first time in Africa and a rare case in emerging economies that a court Has annulled a presidential election. The Supreme Court is the highest court in Kenya as was established to handle cases such as this after Kenya changed it constitution after the 2007/8 elections post-elections violence.

The Daily Nation is part of the Nation Media Group and is one of Africa’s biggest media groups. http://www.nationmedia.com/

Other useful links:
Judiciary of Kenya:
http://www.judiciary.go.ke/portal/home

Kenya Law Reports:
http://kenyalaw.org/kl/


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