Kenyan court flexes muscle and annuls poll

Supreme Court judges at the court during the hearing of the presidential petition on August 28, 2017. The court flexed its muscle and annulled the presidential poll. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • As debate on the dependability of international observers continues, there are already suggestions that they cannot comprehend the finer details of African elections and realities

  • Whatever the case, in an unusually bold four to six majority decision, the Kenyan court ruled that the processing and announcement of results from polling centres was suspect

  • According to the ruling, the shortcomings of the electoral commission entailed irregularities that “compromised the integrity of the presidential poll”.

That constitutionally established African institutions can at least once in a while truly flex their muscles and assert themselves became abundantly clear in Nairobi on Friday morning.


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