Kenya's annulled elections are a victory for democracy

Kenya's annulled elections are a victory for democracy

Kenyatta, in a televised address, said that it was "important to respect the rule of law even if you disagree with the Supreme Court ruling".

"This is justice for us the people of Kisumu".

Mr Odinga has contested the last three elections and lost each time.

She said the monitors had at the time pointed to irregularities and encouraged the Kenyan authorities to deal with them.

They say that if it will be hard to choose and collect viable replacements for these heads to conduct these new elections, they suggested the United Nations conducting these new elections.

"Even if the process runs smoothly, investors will fear a re-run of 2007-08 violence until a victor is confirmed and the losing side concedes".

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Kenya held its presidential election on August 8.

Odinga has claimed that hackers last month used the identity of a murdered Kenyan election official, who had been in charge of the electronic voting system, to gain entry to the election commission's database in order to manipulate voting results. He had been declared the victor of the election last month with 54 percent of the vote.

At least 21 people, including a baby and a nine-year-old girl, were killed, mostly by police, according to an AFP tally.

After Odinga lost in 2007, the country was engulfed by a wave of ethnic violence that killed 1,400 people. Mr. Odinga, 72, brought the case before the Kenyan Supreme Court.

Unhappy residents from the region which gave Jubilee 913,000 votes discussed the ruling in smalls groups where they expressed their disappointment as they analysed the way forward.

The court has called for new elections within 60 days.

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Many local and global observers-including South Africa's former President, Thabo Mbeki, and former U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry-have said that they were satisfied with the result and that the elections were basically free and fair.

The court further ordered Kenya's Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to conduct fresh polls within 60 days.

Odinga says the ruling sets a precedent for the African continent and he thanks the judges for acting "for posterity of Kenyans".

"Those commissioners must go", he said.

They said more funds which would have been spent in improving the economy will be spent in the repeat presidential election.

The current crop of IEBC commissioners took office only seven months before the election, after their predecessors were forced to step down following widespread protests against them.

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A report filed by the court registrar found a number of errors in the 41,451 polling station tally sheets - known as form 34A - as well as in 291 of the form 34B constituency tally sheets, some of which were unsigned, not stamped, illegible or lacking serial numbers or watermarks.

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