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How Mahama & Co Got It Wrong In Kenya - UHURU VICTORY NULL AND VOID

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The Supreme Court of Kenya last Friday annulled the results of the country’s last month’s presidential election, citing irregularities and illegalities, and consequently ordering a new election within 60 days.

The Supreme Court of Kenya last Friday annulled the results of the country’s last month’s presidential election, citing irregularities and illegalities, and consequently ordering a new election within 60 days.

 

Incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta had been declared the winner of the allegedly flawed elections by a margin of 1.4 million votes by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.

The decision by the Supreme Court, according to many experts, is an indictment on foreign observers who saw the elections as a clean, free and fair one.

Ghana’s former President John Dramani Mahama, who led the Commonwealth Election Observers, declared the process as credible and transparent.

“We have followed the whole process and wish to congratulate all on the process thus far. It is my fervent hope and expectation that the positive peaceful and orderly atmosphere that we all experienced on 8 August 2017 will continue to prevail as we await the conclusion of this electoral process,” Mr Mahama said.

He added that the observers’ overall conclusion was that the opening, voting, closing and counting process at the polling stations on 8 August were credible, transparent and inclusive.

“We commend and congratulate Kenyan voters, the staff of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, political party agents, candidates’ agents, the media and all security personnel for their commitment to the democratic process,” he concluded.

However, the Kenyan Supreme Court thought otherwise, an indication that the Mahama-led Oberver mission and their counterparts from other parts of the world got it all wrong with their opinions about the elections.

David Maraga, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, in his ruling, stated that the August 8 election had not been “conducted in accordance with the constitution” and declared it “invalid, null and void”. The verdict was backed by four of the six Supreme Court judges.

Justice Maraga accused the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission of failing to conduct the presidential election in a manner consistent with the dictates of the Kenyan constitution.

He said the commission had committed irregularities “in the transmission of results”, adding that the court would provide details in a full judgment within 21 days.

Martin Oloo, a Kenyan legal practitioner and political analyst, has argued that the annulment of the presidential result was an indictment on foreign observers who saw the elections as a clean one.

Speaking on an Accra based radio station, he said the declaration was an indictment on former President Mahama and those who led other observer missions.

“Observers came to observe and decided to tell us that the election was free and fair and that counting was orderly. They had no patience to wait and be sure whether everything is indeed free and fair. It’s a shame for us in Africa,” he said.

He continued, “I think it’s an indictment on President Mahama who led the delegation and I think it’s the main reason why John Mahama lost the elections because to come to Kenya within a short time and tell us what to do is a shame.”

Adding his voice to the issue, a Political Science lecturer at the University of Ghana, Michael Kpessah Whyte, said the annulment of the presidential results casts doubts on the credibility of international observers.

“We heard the international community, I mean the US former Secretary of State, John Kerry; we heard Thabo Mbeki, our former President John Mahama and others were all in there and they all visited several electoral centres and pronounced this election one of the most credible in the history of that country,” he said in a radio interview on Friday.

“We need to see the detail of the ruling but this ruling raises a lot of questions about the credibility of international observers and whether they really are looking at substance or they are looking at form and whether they would be relevant going into the future at all,” he said.

Reacting to the ruling, Mr Odinga described it as historic for the people of Kenya and by extension for the people of the continent of Africa.

He said: "It is now clear that the entire [electoral commission] is rotten. It is clear that the real election results were never shared with Kenyans. Someone must take responsibility."

Mr Odinga added: "We won the elections and we are going to win them again."

On the other hand, President 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".

He called for calm, saying: "Your neighbour will still be your neighbour, regardless of what has happened... My primary message today to every single Kenyan is peace. Let us be people of peace."

Mr Kenyatta, 55, added: "We are ready to go back again to the people with the same agenda that we delivered to the people."

However, addressing supporters at a rally, the President referred to Justice Maraga and his fellow judges as ‘wakora’ (crooks in Swahili), saying they had "decided to cancel the election".

He warned the Chief Justice that as the poll had been annulled he was now the president again, not president-elect.

"Do you understand me? Maraga should know that he is now dealing with the serving president," Mr Kenyatta said.

"We are keeping a close eye on them. But let us deal with the election first. We are not afraid."