Kenyan opposition leader: election board must resign, face prosecution

Supporters of an opposition leader Raila Odinga cheer outside the court after President Uhuru Kenyatta's election win was declared invalid in Nairobi, Kenya, September 1, 2017. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga said on Friday the election commission should resign and some officials should face criminal prosecution after the Supreme Court ruled that irregularities nullified last month’s presidential election.

“It is now clear that the entire edifice of the (election board) is rotten. Clear evidence shows that the commission was taken over by criminals ... they must face criminal prosecution,” he said, naming particular officials. “We are ready but cannot repeat the election with this commission.”

reporting by Maggie Fick; writing by Katharine Houreld; Editing by Janet Lawrence