Kenya's Supreme Court verdict, a new dawn in Africa - Onuesoke

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KENYA'S Supreme Court ruled yesterday that presidential elections will have to be rerun, citing "irregularities and illegalities" in the way the electoral commission had counted votes.

Election results announced last month showed President Uhuru Kenyatta was re-elected with 54 percent of the vote, 1.4 million more votes than opposition candidate Raila Odinga.

A lawyer for Kenyatta, Ahmednasir Abdullahi, said the decision was "very political" and the election board had "done nothing wrong".

Opposition supporters were seen celebrating outside the court building, as well as in opposition strongholds. In addition, Chebukati urged the Supreme Court to issue its full judgment, so that the commission could focus on areas that required immediate changes.

Kenyatta was announced the victor of the ballot held in August with 54% of the vote.

Kenyatta said on live television at a the State House in Nairobi, "We shall revisit this thing. This is a precedent-setting ruling", he said.

Odinga also railed against the national election body, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, which said it would brief the press Friday afternoon local time.

Uhuru promising that if he wins the election in November, he would "fix" the Supreme Court.

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Mr Kenyatta has called for calm and respect for the ruling.

In a majority decision, the six-judge bench of Kenya's Supreme Court nullified the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta on the ground that it was not conducted in accordance to the dictates of the constitution.

The Kenyan Supreme Court on Friday declared the country's presidential elections "null and void" and ordered the election to be reheld within 60 days.

However, violence broke out as opposition activists cried foul in days of unrest which claimed the lives of at least 28 people.

Last month's election was the fourth time Odinga lost his presidential run - he had also contested the last three election results but lost each time.

He added that it was "clear that the real election results were never shared with Kenyans".

The ruling contradicts reports issued by most election observers, both local and worldwide, including the former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who commended the Kenyan Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) for running a fairly credible election.

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