The country's electoral commission had already declared incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta the victor of last month's election, with 54.3 percent of the vote in a contest were almost 80 percent of Kenya's 19 million registered voters were said to have cast ballots.
The decision of the court, nullifying the re-election of a sitting president came after the coalition of Raila Odinga, the veteran opposition leader brought the petition against the election board to the Supreme Court.
"It's a very historic day for the people of Kenya and by extension the people of Africa", said opposition candidate Raila Odinga, who had challenged the vote.
Odinga has called for the election commission to resign and for some officials to face criminal prosecution.
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"The declaration (of Kenyatta's win) is invalid, null and void", said Judge David Maranga, announcing the verdict backed by four out of the six judges and drawing cheers outside the court from Odinga supporters.
Immediately after the ruling, opposition supporters took to the streets in Nairobi and other towns where Mr. Odinga enjoys the bulk of support to celebrate the victory. Just days before the August 8 vote, key election official Chris Msando was killed.
The disputed 2007 election led to politically-motivated ethnic violence in which over 1,100 people were killed.
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But worldwide observers did not report any interference with the vote.
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However, they warned that the 60 days within which a new election must be held will bring tension and anxiety, and the restraint of leaders and credibility of the new election will be paramount.
Odinga said the electoral commission as now constituted should not be permitted to conduct the fresh election saying it was complicit in electoral fraud.
Deputy President William Ruto reiterated that Jubilee Party believed in the rule of law and was ready to maintain peace even as the Supreme Court had ordered for another election.
The two dissenting judges were given the opportunity to read their opinions before the court annulled the elections. After each election, he has claimed the votes were rigged. Majority actually belong in jail.
Mr Kenyatta argued that the results of MPs, senators and governors were transmitted and "no one asked any questions".
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