Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Posts Tagged ‘Kenya Presidential Elections’

Kenya’s Supreme Court Dismiss Kenya Presidential Petitions 20 November 2017

Kenya’s Supreme Court on 20 November 2017 dismissed two election petitions seeking to overturn the recent Kenya Presidential Election Re-run. The two election petitions filed on 6th November 2017 challenged the election of President Uhuru Kenyatta under article 140 of the Constitution of Kenya. Initial reaction to the Supreme Court of Kenya’s decision can be found in Hillary Orinde’s report for the Standard in Nairobi “Kenyans react to Supreme Court decision to uphold President Kenyatta’s re-election.” Whilst supporters for Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee Coalition celebrated, there was dismay within the opposition strongholds. The Nation in Nairobi, which has the highest circulation in East Africa, leads with an article “Supreme Court judges upheld Uhuru victory under duress, claims Raila.” Raila Odinga was the Presidential candidate for the opposition coalition NASA. BBC News reported with “Kenya Supreme Court upholds Kenyatta poll win 20 November 2017.” Jason Burke Guardian Africa Correspondent reports “Kenya court upholds President Kenyatta’s election victory.” The article states that the Supreme court dismisses challenge to re-run poll, but opposition, which boycotted the vote, says government is illegitimate.

President Uhuru Kenyatta will be sworn in by Chief Justice and President of Kenya Supreme Court Justice David Maraga on Tuesday 28 November 2017.

KenyaElections.com Study Group:
The decision of the Supreme Court of Kenya was overshadowed by events in Zimbabwe concerning Zanu PF dismissing Robert Mugabe as its leader and the stalemate that was created as President Robert Mugabe appeared to indicate he would not step down.He could therefore face impeachment. Key international reporters were in Zimbabwe. People will be watching developments in Kenya and Zimbabwe with interest.

Useful sources:
Hillary Orinde (Standard, Nairobi) 20 November 2017 ‘Kenyans react to Supreme Court decision to uphold President Kenyatta’s re-election.’
https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2001260732/cheers-and-jeers-as-supreme-court-declares-uhuru-duly-elected (accessed 20 November 2017)

The Nation Team (The Nation) 20 November 2017 ‘Supreme Court judges upheld Uhuru victory under duress, claims Raila.’
http://www.nation.co.ke/news/Uhuru-basks-in-court-win–Raila-resists-/1056-4195672-mx0b44/index.html (accessed 20 November 2017)

BBC News Kenya Supreme Court upholds Kenyatta poll win 20 November 2017
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-42050812 (accessed 20 November 2017)

Jason Burke Guardian Africa Correspondent (The Guardian) 20 November 2017 ‘Kenya court upholds President Kenyatta’s election victory.’
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/20/kenya-court-upholds-president-kenyatta-election-victory (accessed 20 November 2017)

The Supreme Court of Kenya – Background (accessed 20 November 2017)

Kenya Law Reporting – Article 140 of the Constitution of Kenya – The President and Deputy President.

IEBC Kenya Press Release 27 October 2017 – Intimidation of IEBC Staff and Updates

Kenya Elections 2017 Tally System

Kenya Election Commission IEBC video clip explaining the vote tallying system

Courtesy: Twitter @IEBCKenya

TY McCormick Kenya is Barreling Toward an ‘Illegal’ Election

Ty McCormick, Foreign Policy Magazine, – Africa Editor’s dispatch 25 October 2017 – Kenya is Barreling Toward an ‘Illegal’ Election. Kenya’s election crisis deepened after its Supreme Court punted on a decision to delay Thursday’s troubled rerun election.

Useful sources and URL: Ty McCormick, Foreign Policy, Africa Editor Kenya is Barreling Toward an ‘Illegal’ Election 25 October 2017 Url: http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/10/25/kenya-is-barreling-toward-an-illegal-election-revote-kenyatta-odinga-supreme-court/

Ty McCormick – Africa Editor at Foreign Policy http://foreignpolicy.com/author/ty-mccormick/
Ty McCormick Twitter: https://twitter.com/TyMcCormick
Foreign Policy Magazine Twitter: https://twitter.com/ForeignPolicy
Foreign Policy Website: “The magazine for global politics, economics, and ideas. “ http://foreignpolicy.com/

Study group note:
This article or dispatch was written a day before the 26 November 2017 re-run Kenya Presidential Elections. Key questions and challenges – intimidation faced and independence of the Kenya Judiciary.

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