In a very quick response to judicial protest of the Kenyan opposition, the Kenyan Supreme Court has annuled the election of the incumbent and a new presidential election is to be conducted within 60 days. The last election was held on August 8th, 2017. The incumbent, President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared winner but to which opposition objected and filed action in the court.
Ruling a short while ago in Nairobi, the Supreme Court of Kenya declared the election invalid on the ground that it did not comply with the Constitution and the Electoral Act.
One significance of the judgement is the swiftness with which it was delivered. Secondly, it makes a statement regarding the vastness of the power of the judiciary to checkmate the temptation for incumbents to exploit incumbency in Africa’s politics of democratisation. Lastly, it provides an opportunity for a freer and fairer election next time