Odinga calls for prosecution of electoral committee after ‘historic’ court ruling

NAIROBI, KENYA (SEPTEMBER 1, 2017) (REUTERS) – Kenya’s opposition leader Raila Odinga on Friday (September 1) called for prosecution of electoral committee officers following a “historic” decision by the Supreme Court to nullify election results.

“This indeed is a very historic day for the people of Kenya, and by extension for the people of the continent of Africa. For the first time in history of African democratisation a ruling has been made by a court nullifying irregular elections for the president. This is a precedent-setting ruling, and they’re very historical,” Odinga told reporters in Nairobi, after the court declared President Uhuru Kenyatta’s election win invalid due to irregularities committed by the election board and ordered a new vote in 60 days.

“We have no faith at all in the electoral commission as currently constituted. They have committed criminal acts, most of them actually belong to jail, and therefore we’re going to ask for prosecution of all the electoral commission officers who have caused this monstrous crime against the people of Kenya,” he added.

East Africa’s biggest economy has a history of disputed elections. A row over the 2007 poll, which Odinga challenged after being declared loser, was followed by weeks of ethnic bloodshed in which more than 1,200 were killed.