Opposition supporters in Kenya have flooded the streets in celebration of a court decision to annul results of the last elections, held on August 8.
Leader of the National Super Alliance (NASA), Raila Odinga described the ruling as historic for Kenya and the continent at large.
Opposition strongholds particularly in Kisumu and the capital, Nairobi, erupted into cheers when the Supreme Court ruling was announced. The apex court ordered the electoral body to rerun the elections in 60 days.
In most cases, the courts admitted that there were irregularities with the process but that they were not sufficient grounds to annul the respective elections.
Kenya’s Supreme Court annulled the result of last month’s presidential election, citing irregularities, and ordered a new one within 60 days.
The ruling, on Friday, September 1, 2017 makes Kenya the first African country where an opposition court challenge against presidential poll results has been successful.
It is the first time a court has overturned results of a presidential election. Previous challenges in Ghana, Uganda, Nigeria, Gabon, Zambia and Kenya were all unsuccessful.
Consequently, the court ruled that a re-run be conducted within 60 days.
The election commission had declared incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta the winner by a margin of 1.4 million votes.
But the opposition said voting systems had been hacked, causing massive fraud.
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Hattip to News Africa, CNN.