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Summary

  1. Kenya's Supreme Court declares election null and void
  2. Said electoral commission did not act in accordance with the law
  3. New election to be held within 60 days
  4. Two of six judges disagreed with majority verdict
  5. Massive celebrations by opposition supporters in Nairobi and Kisumu
  6. President Kenyatta 'respects' the ruling but 'disagrees' with it
  7. He describes judges as 'thugs' when talking to his supporters in Swahili

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By Clare Spencer and Damian Zane

All times stated are UK

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  1. Scroll down for today's stories from Kenya

    We'll be back next week

    That's all from BBC Africa Live on the Kenyan presidential election result being cancelled.

    It's been an historic day for the country and the continent.

    Here are the key points:

    • The Supreme Court anulled the presidential election result
    • They blamed irregularities in the transmission of results
    • A full report from the Supreme Court on the details of the irregularities will be published within 21 days
    • A fresh election is due within 60 days
    • Opposition leader Raila Odinga hailed the ruling
    • President Uhuru Kenyatta called for peace and said he respected the result even though he disagreed with it
    • He later said chief justice and his thugs" cancelled election

    To find out the latest in the country check the BBC News website.

    A reminder of today's wise words:

    Quote Message: He who wishes to barter does not like his belongings." from An Igbo #proverb sent by Azuka Omonuwe in Lagos, Nigeria
    An Igbo #proverb sent by Azuka Omonuwe in Lagos, Nigeria

    Click here to send us your African proverbs.

    And we leave you with this visual metaphor for the crossroads ahead in Kenya:

    A supporter of The National Super Alliance (NASA) opposition coalition and its presidential candidate Raila Odinga stands on top of a street sign post that has been relabeled "Judge Maraga Lane", referring to Chief Justice David Maraga, and "Orengo Street", referring to NASA"s lawyer James Orengo, in front of the Supreme Court in central Nairobi, Kenya, 01 September 2017. K
  2. Another observer mission fends off criticism

    John Kerry
    Image caption: Former US Secretary of State John Kerry led the Carter Center's observer mission

    The US-based Carter Center, which sent a team to watch August's polls in Kenya, has said that its observers "publicly discussed concerns about the transmission of results" when they were there.

    It noted that the Supreme Court suggested that the problem with the result was in the way they were transmitted to the election centre rather than in the voting and counting at the polling station.

    The observer missions are fending off criticism after people had the impression that they had given the election a clean bill of health.

    What they are all emphasising is that they said the vote itself went well and the problems came later.

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  3. EU observer defends its poll analysis

    One of the questions that has come up a few times today is - how come the international observer missions gave their stamps of approval for the Kenyan election, only for it to be declared null and void by Kenya's Supreme Court.

    Earlier we reported that the Commonwealth observer mission's defense was that they were only judging the poll, not the count.

    The Head of the Mission Marietje Schaake told BBC World News that they had flagged up issues with the count:

    "We looked at the campaign and the days afterwards. As the tallying was going on and forms needed to be uploaded there were some challenges and those challenges."

    She added that it was these challenges that are being tackled in court and she awaits the full judgement to see what evidence the Supreme Court has found.

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  4. Kenyatta says chief justice 'and his thugs' cancelled election

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    Image caption: President Uhuru Kenyatta was talking to his supporters in the Burma Market area of the capital, Nairobi

    President Uhuru Kenyatta has again criticised the Supreme Court judges for overturning the 8 August election, which the electoral commission had declared in his favour last month.

    He was addressing an impromptu rally of supporters at a popular market in the capital, Nairobi, which was broadcast live by the privately-owned NTV.

    “A few people have sat there thinking they know it all, but we have said, because we believe in peace and because we believe in the rule of law, let them say what they want,” Mr Kenyatta said, speaking in Swahili.

    The president had earlier said the ruling went “against the will of the people”, but pledged to respect it.

    He told his supporters:

    Quote Message: Let those five, six people know, since the Kenyan people will still decide, they should wait for us to act after the people have made their decision.
    Quote Message: We are keeping a close eye on them. We are keeping a close eye on them. But let us deal with the election first. We are not afraid."

    Mr Kenyatta also said that the judges were “paid by foreigners and other fools”.

    Quote Message: [Chief Justice] Maraga and his thugs have decided to cancel the election. Now I am no longer the president-elect. I am the serving president... Maraga should know that he is now dealing with the serving president."
  5. Election observer defends record

    Commonwealth Secretary-General Baroness Scotland has said that "there is concern about how the technical counting may have taken place" after its election observers gave its verdict on last month's poll in Kenya.

    She was responding on the BBC's Focus on Africa programme to the criticism that the Commonwealth's election observers had given the election their stamp of approval, only for the result to be declared null and void.

    She pointed out that Commonwealth approval was given the day after the election so only referred to the poll itself.

    She also urged caution to not make any conclusions about the count before the fuller judgement by the Supreme Court is released.

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    Video caption: Commonwealth Secretary-General Baroness Scotland on the overturning of Kenya's election.
  6. Analysis: Kenya 'now in nervous limbo'

    Alastair Leithead

    BBC Africa correspondent

    The decision by the Supreme Court of Kenya to annul the results of the presidential election and demand a new poll within 60 days is both good, and bad, for Kenya.

    It shows the independence of the judiciary and its willingness to take controversial and unprecedented action despite a perilously short time frame.

    But it also leaves Kenya in the same nervous limbo it suffered in the days following the election, while people anxiously waited for the results and what the losers’ reaction to defeat would be.

    The country was paralysed because it has been down the road of contested elections before, and ten years ago it ended in bloodshed.

    Most suspected some form of interference, intimidation and cheating in the election, but felt Uhuru Kenyatta’s wide margin of victory would be enough for the court to uphold the result.

    But now it’s back to square one.

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    Image caption: Kenyans will have to go to the polls again at some point in the next 60 days
  7. Where we are now

    People celebrating
    Image caption: Opposition supporters have been celebrating the ruling

    Events in Kenya have been moving fast since Kenya's Supreme Court annulled last month's presidential election result this morning.

    Incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta had been declared the winner, beating his main rival Raila Odinga by 1.5 million votes.

    Here's a quick summary of events:

    • The Supreme Court ruled by a majority decision that the election "was not conducted in accordance with the constitution and the applicable law rendering the declared result invalid, null and void"
    • It said there were "irregularities and illegalities in the transmission of results" and these irregularities affected the integrity of the election
    • The court found no evidence of misconduct on the part of Mr Kenyatta
    • A new election has to be held within 60 days
    • Mr Odinga's supporters celebrated in Nairobi and in his western stronghold of Kisumu
    • Wafula Chebukati, head of the electoral commission, the IEBC, said he will not resign
    • President Kenyatta said he respected the ruling even though he did not agree with it, asking how six judges can overturn the will of the people
    • He also called for peace
    • Mr Odinga said it was an unprecedented ruling in Africa adding that "Kenya is leading Africa as it so often does"
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    Image caption: President Kenyatta addressed his supporters in Nairobi and called for peace
  8. Kenya ruling makes news elsewhere

    Today's decision by Kenya's Supreme Court is making news elsewhere on the continent as it's the first time an African opposition party has successfully challenged a presidential election result in court.

    One of Uganda's leading papers has already put the ruling on the front page of its Saturday edition:

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  9. Odinga asks who will run the next election

    Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga is asking who will run the next election:

    "There are more fundamental decisions to be made in the days ahead, including who will conduct the next elections."

    "It is now clear that the entire IEBC [electoral commission] is rotten," he said.

    "It is clear that the real election results were never shared with Kenyans. Someone must take responsibility."

    He demanded criminal prosecutions and an inquiry.

  10. Odinga critical of observers

    Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga has said today's verdict "puts on trial" the international observers who "moved so fast to sanitise fraud".

    He added: "Their role must be re-examined as it is highly politicised."

    International observers praised the election in the immediate aftermath of the poll.

    In today's decision, the chief justice said that President Uhuru Kenyatta was not involved in any fraud.

  11. Odinga thanks Supreme Court

    Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga has added to his speech about today's ruling, saying the Supreme Court is "setting this exceptional example for all of Africa".

    "Our judiciary now knows they have the power," he added.

    "We thank the Supreme Court for standing up for the truth."

  12. Breaking'A new Kenya has been born'

    Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga is speaking about today's Supreme Court ruling annulling last month's presidential election result.

    He took the case to court challenging the result.

    He said: "Never again will immunity reign again in Kenya.. a new Kenya has been born.

    "Kenya is leading Africa as it so often does."

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  13. Praise for Kenya's judges

    #SupremeCourtDecides is the big trending hashtag on Twitter in Kenya today as people digest this morning's ruling that annulled last month's presidential election result.

    And in many tweets the panel of judges, in particular Chief Justice David Maraga, have been the subject of praise:

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    And today's events may have inspired some to get into the law:

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    But, of course, President Kenyatta himself has questioned how six judges can overturn the will of millions of people.

  14. Analysis: What now for Kenya?

    Dickens Olewe

    BBC Africa, Nairobi

    Raila Odinga will feel vindicated against accusations that he was just being a bad loser in challenging President Uhuru Kenyatta's win.

    However, this historic decision is a massive indictment of the electoral commission. It is therefore no surprise that the opposition Nasa coalition is now calling for a new team to manage the next elections.

    This is also a setback for the international, and some local, election observers, who praised the election as free, fair and credible.

    Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and former South Africa President Thabo Mbeki, observers for the general election in Kenya, greet each other next to former Senegalese Prime Minister Aminata Toure
    Image caption: Thabo Mbeki, John Kerry and Aminata Toure were all observers in last month's election

    People will be watching for the reaction of former US Secretary of State John Kerry, who was the head of the mission for US NGO, the Carter Centre, whose positive assessment of the election was used in court.

    Regardless of the winners and losers following the ruling, this is a proud moment for Kenya. The litigation and debate on the merits of the election was done at the Supreme Court and not on the streets.

    Chief Justice Maraga said it best in his opening statement: "The greatness of a nation lies in its fidelity to the constitution and the strict adherence to the rule of law."

  15. Ruling was 'judicial coup d'etat'

    Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has said that, while he disagrees with the Supreme Court ruling that cancelled his victory in last month's presidential poll, he respects it.

    But one of his lawyers is not so respectful - saying the decision was made by a "third world court" and that the judges were taking over:

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  16. Catch up on Kenya election decision in under a minute

    If you are just catching up with the news that Kenya's election has been annulled, we've made this video to help you get up to speed:

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    Video caption: Court orders new Kenyan presidential election
  17. Kenyatta: 'Take the hand of your sister'

    President Uhuru Kenyatta has just reiterated his call for peace by tweeting:

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    Amani means peace in Swahili.

    He repeated the word amani at least six times in his speech in the last hour.

    He said earler that he did not agree with the decision to annul the election in which he had been declared the winner, but that he would respect it.

  18. Kenyan shares tumble

    Russell Padmore

    Business correspondent, BBC News

    Kenyan shares, which rallied after Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner of the now-annulled election, tumbled today, prompting the authorities to suspend trading at the financial market in Nairobi for half an hour.

    On Thursday, the Kenyan shilling had risen to a five-month high against the US dollar, driven by investors abroad trading in the local financial markets.

    However today, the shilling weakened and Kenya's dollar-denominated bonds fell in value.

    Business operations have generally continued uninterrupted, but there will now be a sense of caution and even anxiety about the impact on the economy.

    Many businesses in Nairobi and other parts of the country closed in the days after the election last month over fears of possible protests. The renewed uncertainty will make them wary of trading in the next few days.

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    There is concern that foreign and domestic investors waiting to start new projects, or put more money into existing ones, might now hold back their funds, pending the outcome of the fresh elections ordered by the court.

  19. What the two dissenting judges said

    Judges

    The Kenyan Supreme Court ruling to annul the presidential election was made earlier by a majority vote.

    But not all judges agreed - two of the six dissented.

    We are taking a moment to look at exactly why they thought the election should not be annulled.

    Lady Justice Njoki Ndung'u said:

    Quote Message: The exercise was hailed by regional and international observers as largely free, fair, credible and peaceful... Challenges are to be expected during the conduct of any election. However those challenges that occurred in this instance… in my opinion none occurred deliberately."

    Justice Jackton Ojwang said:

    Quote Message: It is clear to me, beyond peradventure, that there is not an iota of merit in invalidating the clear expression of the Kenyan people's democratic will."

    In the end, the majority decision was that the election was not conducted in line with the constitution and the results were declared null and void.

    Chief Justice David Maraga said the full reasoning will be explained at a later date but in the meantime said:

    Quote Message: We will, I believe, be able to demonstrate why we reached our conclusion - that taking the totality of the entire exercise we were satisfied that the election was not conducted accordance with the dictates of the constitution.”
  20. Supporters come out for Kenyatta in his home town

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    Supporters of Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta have come out to support him in his home town Gatundo, north-east of the capital, Nairobi.

    The election commission announced that Mr Kenyatta won last month's presidential election but that result has been annulled by the Supreme Court this morning.

    One resident told the BBC's Peter Njoroge:

    "The town is calm but with a sad mood".

    They added that they came out in large numbers to support the president.

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