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Kenyans Will Vote Again After the Supreme Court Ruled to Annul Election Results

The Supreme Court has annulled the results of Kenya's election, and a new one is set to be held within the next 60 days.

NAIROBI—The Kenyan Supreme Court has moved to annul last month's elections in which incumbent president, Uhuru Kenyatta, was declared the winner with a margin of 1.4 million votes by the electoral commission.


Opposition candidate, Raila Odinga, contested the result soon after, claiming that the election had been rigged, and demanding a new vote.

His complaints were heard earlier today, as members of the supreme court stated that the election process was, indeed, not in-line with the standards described out in the constitution. Justice Maraga, cited "irregularities in the transmission of results" as the primary reasoning for the court's decision to declare it "invalid, null and void." A re-run is set to occur within the next 60 days.

According to BBC Africa, the supreme court's ruling is considered the first time that a challenge from an opposition court to a presidential ruling has been successful.

Odinga called the ruling "a historic day for the people of Kenya and by extension for the people of the continent of Africa," and lambasted the actions of the electoral commission, stating he had "no faith at all in the electoral commission as currently constituted."

While Kenyatta expressed some disappointment with the nullification, he vowed to respect the court's ruling and urged his supporters to remain respectful towards the law and one another.

"Your neighbour will still be your neighbour, regardless of what has happened. My primary message today to every single Kenyan is peace. Let us be people of peace," he said in a speech.

"We are ready to go back again to the people with the same agenda that we delivered to the people."

Though many in the international sphere we're looking to Kenya to be a model for free and fair elections on the continent, the August 8 election was riddled with controversy from the start, mostly stemming from instances of election fraud and failed voting systems during prior elections, and the mysterious death of IT manager Chris Msando, just days before he was to unveil a new voting system.

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It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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