Kenya's Supreme Court orders rerun of disputed presidential election

High Court Hears Closing Arguments In Challenge to Kenyan President's Re-Election

In a decision that surprised many observers, includingt Odinga and his supporters, the court agreed with opposition arguments that the electoral commission had committed irregularities that invalidated the poll.

"This has shown all (election) observers did not do their job".

Odinga had also appealed to the court after losing the last presidential race in 2013 - and dismissed it as inept after it ruled against him.

Buoyed by the nullification of President Kenyatta's re-election, Nasa leaders Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka on Friday said they would push for the removal of the commission. "We didn't have a digital election", Nuyabola said.

"Your neighbour will still be your neighbour regardless of what has happened", he said. "Regardless of their political affiliation, regardless of their religion, regardless of their color, regardless of their tribe". Mr Odinga challenged the results and the government agreed to postpone Mr Kenyatta's inauguration until September 12.

Supporters of the opposition were seen celebrating outside the court building, as well as in opposition strongholds. "I'm telling, God is on our side".

Kenya's stock exchange halted trading briefly midway through Friday's session after blue chip shares plummeted following the Supreme Court's decision to annul the result of the August 8 presidential election.

However protests remained isolated and did not reach the levels of the disputed 2007 election which saw politically-motivated ethnic violence in which over 1,100 people were killed.

Odinga is a longtime challenger for the presidency who has yet to claim the country's top office.

Incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Days after the election, Kenyatta was declared the victor with 54% of the vote, which led to protests and clashes with the police, resulting in 24 deaths.

"Let us be people of peace".

"People will be looking at the tone the president takes", Ashbourne added.

Four out of six justices agreed with the opposition petition.

"There are more fundamental decisions to made in the days ahead, including who will conduct the next elections..."

It is rare for a court in any country to throw out the results of a presidential election. "We are ready for elections but we don't have confidence" in the electoral commission.

Mutiga noted that the judiciary had not always been so independent in Kenya, but said that under a new constitution adopted in 2010, magistrates were more insulated from pressure tactics of the executive branch.

"Presidential election was not conducted in accordance to the Constitution".

In response to the orders providing the opposition leader access to the IEBC servers, Orengo said there were cases of users signing into the IEBC system multiple times against regulations.

Mr Odinga, 72, said the ruling marked "a historic day for the people of Kenya and by extension for the people of the continent of Africa".

Mr Odinga said Mr Chebukati and his team "belong to jail" while Mr Musyoka said that they have no faith in the commission.

After the election, worldwide monitors from the EU, the African Union and the U.S. had said there was no major fraud on polling day and urged Mr Odinga to concede.

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