Campaign season drags on as Kenya holds fresh elections

An IEBC official holds a KIEMS gadget during

An IEBC official holds a KIEMS gadget during

The 2007 general election in Nigeria was rigged. The court's decision sets a precedent for subsequent elections in Kenya and potentially, in Africa at large.

Raila Odinga, the 72-year opposition leader, claimed the electronic voting results were hacked and manipulated in favour of the incumbent, Uhuru Kenyatta. Notwithstanding claims of a fair election by global observers including former US Secretary of State, John Kerry, the court determined that it was not conducted in "accordance with the Constitution".

Kenya's opposition party Coalition for Reforms and Democracy leader Raila Odinga.

After the shocking Supreme Court ruling ordering a re-run of the disputed presidential elections Kenyan politics is at a crossroads.

With Kenya thrown into turmoil after the much-disputed Presidential election results were announced, the aggrieved opponents of President Kenyatta turned to the judiciary for succor.It is heart-warming that they received the succor that they sought, unlike their counterparts in Nigeria in nearly four decades of election disputes at the Central level, where the interests of the ruling party and that of an incumbent president are interwoven, and in conflict with the destiny of a nation and its beleaguered people.The Supreme Court, Kenya's highest judicial chamber, did not disappoint the Petitioners, their country, the Black race, and indeed, all lovers of democracy.

Out of the 136 MPs from parties allied to the National Super Alliance (NASA), only two lawmakers - Alfred Sambu (Webuye East) and Charles Gimose (Hamisi) of Amani National Congress and Ford Kenya respectively attended the function.

The Carter Center team, for example, was led by former US Secretary of State John Kerry, who, in the wake of the poll had declared that "Kenya has made a remarkable statement to Africa and the world about its democracy and the character of that democracy". Electoral fraud has sustained authoritarianism in many of Africa's democratic nations, and the continent has suffered for it. It will be recalled that much of the observer oversight in Guyana's October 1992 general elections by the Carter Center and the Center's role in keeping track of the political process here thereafter, has kept the focus on the legitimacy of the electoral process.

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