Why Kenya’s Supreme Court Can’t Solve the Country’s Electoral Crisis

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foreign affairsDiA’s Nic Cheeseman, Gabrielle Lynch and Justin Willis look at Kenya’s judiciary and explore the impact of their nullification of the election of 8 August, and the prospects for the election petitions against the repeat poll of 26 October.


On September 1, 2017, the Supreme Court of Kenya delivered its verdict on the presidential election that took place in August and handed sitting President Uhuru Kenyatta another term despite allegations of fraud by his main rival, Raila Odinga. The opposition supporters packed into the courtroom were nervous with anticipation, but many international commentators and representatives didn’t even attend the proceedings, assuming that—as in every previous electoral petition in African history—the judiciary would find a way to uphold the initial results …

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