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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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

The Politics of Election Monitoring, By Owei Lakemfa

The monitoring and observation of elections are political actions in themselves and we should not delude ourselves that the participants are necessarily neutral; therefore, their usefulness to the process of democratisation and overall impact, is marginal. The 2017 Kenyan presidential elections were massively rigged right under the noses of international…
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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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Opinion

The Nigerian Youth Need to Get Their Acts Together, By Rafiq Raji

...until young people begin to engage their older colleagues without fear, they would remain subjugated and relegated. Breaking out of this backward psyche would be difficult, however. But if the Nigerian youth hope to kick out the old men who think that leading us is their birth right, they would…
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