A look into pivotal role observers play in elections

Carter Center Observation Mission co-leader John Kerry speaks at a press conference at Radisson Blu Hotel, Nairobi, on August 10, 2017. International observers operate in foreign states at the pleasure of the host government. PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • While observers are clearly needed, their reputation needs to be strengthened.
  • One of the main challenges for observation teams is that people tend to exaggerate their power.
  • Monitors often find it difficult to make strong statements when they suspect foul play but cannot prove it.

The Supreme Court approved President Uhuru Kenyatta’s October 26 victory, but it is still too early to fully evaluate the court’s impact on the elections, and the impact of the elections on the Court.

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