Kenyan police tear-gassed opposition supporters demonstrating near the Supreme Court today as judges began to deliver a detailed ruling that criticized the election board for its performance in last month’s annulled presidential election.
Voters are anxious to find out whether the vote was voided on procedural grounds or whether there was evidence of systematic rigging. The court has already said in a brief September first ruling that some tallying sheets were not signed or officially stamped.
Election board officials had said incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta won by one-point-five million votes but that was rejected by opposition leader Raila Odinga, who says the 2017 election, as well as the previous two votes, were stolen from him.
The court ordered a fresh vote to be held within 60 days. Kenya has the region’s biggest economy and is a diplomatic and security hub for East Africa.