BY GURDIAL SINGH NIJAR
(Deputy President, HAKAM)
A SIGNIFICANT court decision was handed down last week in a country that, broadly speaking, shares a common heritage with Malaysia in terms of its system of laws based on a written constitution. I am referring to the Supreme Court of Kenya declaring the election of a president as fundamentally flawed.
The incumbent, Uhuru Kenyatta, was re-elected as president with 54% of the vote. His main challenger, a former prime minister, Raila Odinga, received 1.4 million votes less.
Odinga petitioned the court to nullify the election – alleging that seven million of his votes were “stolen”.