The British Government through the High Commission in Nairobi have urged Britons living or working in Kenya to remain vigilant following today’s Supreme Court ruling which nullified the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta.
In a message sent out via the High Commission’s SMS service, subscribers were told:
Following the Supreme Court decision, large crowds are likely to gather. Be vigilant and take care in public places. Monitor local media and FCO travel advice.
Today’s ruling followed the majority decision by a six-judge bench, finding that the electoral commission had failed to conduct the polls according to the Constitution and Elections Act.
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— BBC Africa (@BBCAfrica) September 1, 2017
Judges Ojwang and Njoki Ndung’u dissented while judge Mohammed Ibrahim did not take part in the decision because he is unwell in hospital.
In a bold move, Kenya’s highest court ordered the IEBC to conduct a fresh presidential election within strict confines of the law within 60 days.
Following the decision, opposition leader Raila Odinga demanded the election board’s officials be arrested for alleged fraud, while President Uhuru Kenyatta called for “Amani” (peace), adding that while he did not agree with the court, he respected it.