Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) presidential candidate, Mugisha Muntu, says what the Supreme Court of Kenya made clear, is that Electoral bodies can no longer take lightly the responsibility they have to deliver to the people a true, fair and transparent reflection of their will as expressed at the ballot.
“Uganda’s judiciary would do well to learn from this,” Muntu said in reference to the Friday ruling that nullified the election victory of President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Muntu described the court decision as “a continental legal precedent”, arguing that the unprecedented ruling by the court was a good day for African democracy.
“The decision was based on the fact that the IEBC was unable to demonstrate the results they announced were the properly and fairly tallied expression of the Kenyans,” Muntu who is on a campaign trail of western Uganda, said in a statement.
He said that the ruling was a conviction of electoral systems that the will of the electorate can never be taken for granted and that electoral processes must be transparent.
Muntu congratulated Kenya opposition under its Nasa coalition for winning the election petition lodged in protestation of the August election.
Four judges led by Chief Justice David Maraga said that the result of the vote was invalid, null and void” and that President Uhuru Kenyatta was not elected properly.
Two of the seven judges on the panel, Jackton Ojwang and Njoki Ndung’u, disagreed with the verdict. A seventh judge, Mohammed Ibrahim, fell ill on the second day of the case hearing and did not take part in the decision because he is still in hospital.
Kenya’s electoral body – IEBC had on August 10 declared Kenyatta winner of the August 8 elections with 54.27% against Odinga’s 44.74% of the total votes cast.
According to IEBC figures, the incumbent garnered 8,203,290 votes while his closest challenger, four-time presidential candidate Raila Odinga, managed 6,762,224 votes.