Amnesty International, diplomats welcome ruling

September 1, 2017 5:06 pm
Chief Justice David Maraga, centre, was hailed by many as a hero for his unprecedented decision to cancel Kenya’s election result and order a fresh poll/AFP

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 1 – Amnesty International and foreign diplomats in Kenya have welcomed the ruling by the Supreme Court which has seen the nullification of the presidential election result, saying it’s a demonstration of Kenya’s resilient democracy and commitment to the rule of the law.

Through a statement issued on Friday, the Country Director of Amnesty International Justus Nyang’anya urged all parties to comply with the judgment saying the ruling demonstrated the independence of Kenya’s Judiciary which should be emulated by the rest of the world.

“Today’s historic ruling demonstrates the independence of Kenya’s Judiciary and sets example for the rest of the world,” said Nyang’anya.

He said Kenya had set a good example in Africa saying the transparent legal process and the parties’ respect for the courts’ decision reflect the strength of Kenya’s democracy.

“We urge all parties to comply with the judgement, and call on the police to observe restraint in their handling of any celebrations or protests that may follow this landmark ruling,” added Nyang’anya.

The diplomats urged the Kenya’s electoral commission to work towards ensuring the next election is free, credible and peaceful as they assured of their support.

“As friends, we want to deepen our partnership with Kenya as it moves forward in building this great country. At this historic time, we stand with all the Kenyans as they support and re affirm their democracy, which is an example for Africa and the world,” statement by the Heads of Mission in Kenya said.

In its judgment on Friday morning, the court said that the election was marred by irregularities and was not according to the constitution and ordered the electoral commission to organise a fresh poll in 60 days.



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