03-09-2017 by Kenya Tourist Federation
Statement on Supreme Court Ruling: Kenya Presidential Election Petition
Following the general elections on the 8/8/2017 which declared the sitting President the winner, the opposition filed a case at the Supreme Court seeking redress with a view of nullifying the win.
Friday morning 01/09/2017 at 11.00 Kenya time, the Supreme court nullified the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta.
A six bench by majority decision indicted the electoral body saying it conducted the elections contrary to the dictates of the constitution and polls laws.
Both parties had assured Kenyans and International community that they will respect the Supreme Court judgement irrespective of the ruling. True to their word both sides have lived up to that promise by addressing a press conference on same to reassert their initial position.
This ruling now means that Kenyans will once again go to the ballot but this time only for the contested seat of the President.
The law clearly states that a repeat poll must happen within 60 days.
Following this ruling Kenya is proving to the world it is now a mature democracy where disputes are resolved though the various arms created by the constitution.
This is a unique position since it is the first of its kind in Africa and only third in the world after The Maldives and Austria.
Everything is calm in Nairobi and all major towns including all tourism circuit routes are reporting normalcy.
Kenyans are peace loving people who value the rule of law.
To all our agent around the world rest assured of normalcy and everything is running as usual.
We are still in peak season for the safari circuit and we look forward to welcome more charters to the beach sector as winter approaches in Europe.
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