Kenya's Supreme Court verdict, a new dawn in Africa - Onuesoke

05 September, 2017, 21:15 | Author: Benny Bass
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Kenya will hold another presidential election on October 17 after its disputed vote last month was thrown out, the country's election commission said.

"It can't go on like this, we must fix this", he added. "We shall show you. that the will of the people can not be overturned by a few people".

Worldwide relations expert Ibard Ibrahim has said the annulment of Kenya's August 2017 presidential results by that country's Supreme Court is unprecedented. Four of the high court's six judges ruled that the vote had been marred by irregularities that had harmed the integrity of the election.

Kenyatta also branded the judges "crooks", prompting a strong reaction from the judiciary about his "veiled threats" which it called an "assault on the judiciary".

An angry Kenyatta, while saying he would respect the decision, criticised the judges, saying: "Every time we do something a judge comes out and places an injunction".

Odinga however said he has no faith in the national election commission, which is tasked with organising elections in the next 60 days.

Raila Odinga called the elections rigged despite the reports from global observers that it had been a free and fair run.

Odinga alleged that the electoral management system was hacked and manipulated to inflate results in favor of Uhuru. The recent supreme court judgment in Nigeria sacking Ali Modu Sheriff as PDP Chairman and Kenya's Supreme Court ruling has now set a precedence that must be followed by other Africa Countries.

Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta says he will respect the Supreme Court's overturning of his election victory, even though he disagrees with it.

He faulted Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) for reducing the election to a contest between himself and Uhuru.

A presidential spokesperson said the government will not replace the election board ahead of the election, setting up a potential showdown between the government and the opposition. If, on the other hand, the Supreme Court's ruling is based on procedural shortcomings with little substantial impact, voters may feel harassed and be more likely to rally around the candidate who came in first the last time.

Constitutional lawyer Bob Mkangi said the electoral commission likely will not be disbanded unless the commissioners resign or lawmakers from the ruling and opposition parties reach a negotiated settlement.

The current crop of IEBC commissioners took office only seven months before the election, after their predecessors were forced to step down following widespread protests.

Towards this end, the opposition leader asked for the proper auditing of the technology used to transmit the annulled election results.

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