• Press Release

Kenyan Supreme Court annuls presidential election in historic ruling

September 1, 2017

Judges stand to deliver their verdict at the Supreme Court in Nairobi on September 1, 2017, ordering a new presidential election within 60 days after cancelling after cancelling the results of last month's poll. Kenya's Supreme Court nullified President Uhuru Kenyatta's election win last month and called for new elections within 60 days. / AFP PHOTO / SIMON MAINA (Photo credit should read SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images)
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Responding to the Kenyan Supreme Court’s decision to annul last month’s presidential election and order a re-run, Justus Nyang’aya, Country Director at ©ty International Kenya, said:

“Today’s historic ruling demonstrates the independence of Kenya’s judiciary and sets an example for the rest of the world.

“We urge all parties to comply with the judgment, and call on the police to observe restraint in their handling of any celebrations or protests that may follow this landmark ruling.”

In its judgment this morning, the court said the election was marred by irregularities and was not conducted in accordance with the constitution, and ordered the electoral commission to organize a fresh poll in 60 days.