Kenya Presidential election overturned amid claims results were hacked

High Court Hears Closing Arguments In Challenge to Kenyan President's Re-Election

Kenya's treasury says the government allocated $483 million for the election with $415 million directed to the electoral commission, known as the IEBC.

He called for peace in a country where some elections have been followed by deadly violence.

Judges declare election result invalid. Ndung'u said the election was conducted in accordance with constitution.

Maraga said the panel of judges had not yet had time to write a "reasoned and well-considered judgement" since hearings closed on Tuesday night, so he only read out the court decision, promising a full ruling later.

"This is a historic day for the people of Kenya and by extension for the people of the continent of Africa", said Odinga, adding it was the first time a presidential result had been overturned in Africa. Last year, Gabon's president, Ali Bongo, narrowly won another term in an election whose validity was questioned by global observers, extending his family's 50-year rule.

The two days of court hearing concluded Tuesday night with the presentation of a report by a Supreme Court team of information technology experts, which showed the country's electoral body failed to comply with the technology rules and regulations when it conducted the August 8 presidential polls.

However, they warned that the 60 days within which a new election must be held will bring tension and anxiety, and the restraint of leaders and credibility of the new election will be paramount. Kenyatta, the son of the first president, is a Kikuyu and his deputy is a Kalenjin.

Concerns around the poll were fuelled after the official who oversaw the electronic voting system was found tortured and killed days before the election.

Paul Muite, representing the electoral commission, said there is no law that specifies the forms for tallying presidential ballots must have security features.

Odinga and his running mate, Kalonzo Musyoka who moments after filling the petition, both said in a statement that they were seeking redress at the high court because of alleged irregularities in the August 8 presidential vote, now both have their wish to contest favorably with Kenyatta.

Two judges, Njoki Ndung'u and Jackton Ojwang', ruled that the election was free and fair.

"The NSE 20 share index declined by more than 5 per cent triggering a shut down between 12.30 and 1.00 pm but we are now back on", A spokesperson at the NSE said. In Nairobi's sprawling Kibera slum, where six had died in clashes following the election, residents poured out of their homes and danced holding Odinga posters.



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