The result of the presidential election in Kenya was annulled by the country’s Supreme Court after citing irregularities.
The court ordered new elections within 60 days.
The election commission had declared the current Uhuru Kenyatta the winner by 1.4 million votes.
His opponent, Rila Odinga, said the commission was “rotten” and demanded resignations and prosecutions.
President Uhuru Kenyatta said he would respect the court’s decision, but also called the judges “crooks”.
Other elections in Africa have been canceled or canceled, but this appears to be the continent’s first case in which an opposition court has challenged the results of a presidential poll.
Chief Justice David Maraga said the August 8th elections were “not in accordance with the constitution” and declared them “invalid, null and void”.
He said the sentence was upheld by four of the six Supreme Court judges.
The announcement drew applause from opposition supporters both inside and outside the courtroom.
The court ruling does not attribute any blame to Uhuru Kenyatta’s party or campaign.
Judge David Maraga said the election commission had failed to “hold the presidential election in a manner consistent with the dictates of the constitution”.
He said the commission had made irregularities “in transmitting the results”, adding that the court would provide details in a full decision within 21 days.
Dissenting judges said that the opposition alliance NASA, which filed a petition to the Supreme Court, failed to prove allegations that the polls were falsified.
The election sparked days of sporadic protests in which at least 28 people were killed. The vote sparked fears of widespread political violence – as was the case after a controversial poll in 2007.
Rila Odinga, 72, said the decision marked a “historic day for the people of Kenya and, in addition, for the people of Africa.”
He said: “It simply came to our notice then [electoral commission] is rotten.
“It is clear that the real election results have never been shared with Kenyans. Someone has to take responsibility. “
He added: “We won the election and we will win it again.”
In a televised address, President Kenyatta said it was “important to uphold the rule of law, even if you do not agree with the Supreme Court’s decision.”
He called for calm, saying: “Your neighbor will remain your neighbor, no matter what happened … My main message today to every Kenyan is peace. Let us be people of peace.
Uhuru Kenyata, 55, added: “We are ready to return to the people with the same agenda that we provided to the people.”
Later, the president was more militant at a rally of supporters in a market in Nairobi.
He referred to justice as David Maraga and his fellow judges as wakora (Swahili crooks), saying they had “decided to cancel the election”. He warned the chief judge that since the poll had been canceled, he was now president again, not an elected president.
“Do you understand me? Maraga should know he’s dealing with the caretaker president now,” said the president.
“We are watching them closely. But let’s deal with the election first. We are not afraid. ”
Following the election, international observers from the EU, the African Union and the United States said there was no major fraud on election day and called on Rila Odinga to step down.
On September 1, Mariette Schaake, head of the EU’s monitoring mission, said the court’s ruling was “a historic day for Kenya and we have always said that people who feel upset should seek justice”.
She said monitors at the time had revealed irregularities and encouraged Kenyan authorities to deal with them.
Marietje Schaake said observers expected full details of the decision.