Credibility of Kenya's electoral commission questioned after polls annulled

The Supreme Court in Kenya has nullified the result of the August 8 presidential election won by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

On Friday, the court rules that the electoral board committed “irregularities and illegalities” during last month’s presidential vote.

Read: Kenyatta to win Kenyan election by small margin, predicts political economist

Four out of six judges said that the vote had harmed the integrity of the election.

The court has annulled the outcome and ordered fresh elections within 60 days.

This is the first ever presidential election to be nullified in Kenya.

Meanwhile, Kenyatta says he personally disagrees with the judgment but will respect it.

Analyst and Daily Maverick's Africa corespondent, Peter Fabricius says the credibility of the electoral commission has been called into question.

I don't think there were very many people expecting it. It's huge in African terms.

Peter Fabricius, Independent News foreign editor

Kenyatta has come out publicly said he accepts it. He has called for peace and calm.

Peter Fabricius, Independent News foreign editor

He's doing the right things, grudgingly.

Peter Fabricius, Independent News foreign editor

Opposition leader Raila Odinga says the electoral commission has proven to be illegitimate and we need a new one.

Peter Fabricius, Independent News foreign editor

The judges have implicitly said that this commission can't be trusted.

Peter Fabricius, Independent News foreign editor

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