The Judges in Kenya, have this mid-morning cancelled the 2017 elections after they discovered massive irregularities with the Electoral Commission.
Tensions flared up during and after counting of the votes where the Opposition candidate, Raila Odinga out rightly rejected the election results and decided to file a petition at the Supreme Court. The verdict is historical and a shame to the European election Observers who made hasty conclusion that there were no evidence of tempering with the IT system during counting of the votes.
After the IEBC declared the sitting President, Uhuru Kenyatta as winner, several Presidents on the African continent sent in their congratulatory messages. The Presidents included President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda. But this is now short-lived.
Copy of President Museveni’s congratulatory message to President Uhuru.
The Supreme Court also ruled that there should be fresh elections within 60 days. The decision was reached by a majority of four to two among the judges. In the ruling, Chief Justice David Maraga said the 8 August poll had not been “conducted in accordance with the constitution.”
And Raila Odinga said: “This is a historic day for the people of Kenya and by extension for the people of the continent of Africa.”
The IEBC had announced Uhuru as winner with a difference of about 1.4 million votes. There are now wild celebrations across Kenya. The State House of Kenya has not yet released any statement regarding this historic ruling by the time we went to press.
Summary of the ruling
Supreme Court of Kenya ruling on Presidential Petition September 1, 2017
Summary of the Supreme Court’s Registrar assembled team of experts (Supreme Court issued orders but IEBC defied most) to physically
examine the 34A and B forms and IEBC Servers:
1. That nearly a third of the forms have irregularities: some are blank, some are signed in the same handwriting, some come from polling
stations that didn’t officially exist, some show results that differed from the totals, and from the totals announced by the electoral commission, and thousands lack official stamps, signatures, and watermarks.
2. That some 5 million votes, enough to affect the outcome, were not verified.
3. On examining the IEBC logs the Supreme Court-appointed team found that numerous unauthorized users had entered the system before and
after the election
4. That the electoral commission chairman had uploaded and removed 34A forms,
6. That the $24 million KIEMS system supposed to enable scans of the 34A forms to be sent to the electoral commission and posted online
immediately, so they could be double checked by all parties and the public ‘broke down’ at polling stations all across the country, so
only the numbers were sent to Nairobi, often not by the new system butby text message.