Opinion

INEC: Between Perception and Reality, By Rotimi Lawrence Oyekanmi

...the familiar forces who find it convenient to castigate the Commission only for its shortcomings do not see any need to show some empathy for the victims who lost their precious lives and their families; those who were raped and even some of the Commission’s resident electoral commissioners whose lives…
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Columns

America’s Insistence that Africans Must Wear Used Clothes, By Owei Lakemfa

...when a country like Rwanda insists on the dignity of its people by rejecting used clothes, it is regarded as an affront; an act of insolence, disobedience and revolt, which must be punished to dissuade other African countries. This is why Rwanda should not be left alone like a David…
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Opinion

Kenya: IEBC Should Seek Guidance From Supreme Court, By Rafiq Raji

The ruling Jubilee party has petitioned the Supreme Court to declare the principals of NASA in contempt of court for their purported boycott of the upcoming presidential election rerun without following due It has also advised that if the IEBC has problems conducting the election rerun on October 26, it…
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Opinion

Kenya: Jittery Markets Should Keep Calm, By Rafiq Raji

Considering how high the stakes are, anything short of a credible poll this time around would almost certainly lead to violence. Fellow economists view these developments as short term risks to Kenyan asset, with the shilling likely to be volatile consequently. The political outlook would thus be on the top-of-mind…
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Opinion

Electoral Justice in Kenya and Nigeria, By Femi Falana

...it is undoubtedly clear that the Supreme Court of Kenya has freed itself from the dangerous influence of Nigerian courts by jettisoning the doctrines of substantial compliance and proof of election petitions beyond reasonable doubt. In line with the provisions of the Electoral Act 2016, it has also embraced technology…
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Opinion

Delay May Be Dangerous: Private Letter To Kenyatta, By Azu Ishiekwene

Mr. President, I can imagine your disappointment last week after the ruling of the Supreme Court declaring your election null and void. Four out of six justices nullified an election in which million or 54 percent voted for you as their choice, each Justice assuming the equivalent or more of…
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Columns

Democracies and Lower-Order Institutions, By Uddin Ifeanyi

Uhuru Kenyatta’s characterisation of the Supreme Court of Kenya as crooks or scoundrels, and his threat to fix the court once he’s re-elected are vulnerabilities that elections often fail to fix. They are not often enough, on their own, in jurisdictions with multiple fissiparous tendencies to lead to damaging vote…
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Opinion

African Leaders Should not Run Away from Justice, By Stan Chu Ilo

Rather than cry that they are being “hunted” by ICC, African leaders should make a commitment to respect human rights, be faithful to fix-term limits, free and fair elections, rule of law, transparency and good governance. They cannot run away from the ICC through false accusations. Rather they should co-operate…
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