The Supreme Court of Kenya made their final ruling last week Wednesday, on the matter of the nullification of the August 18th presidential elections results. In their ruling, they held that the decision to nullify the results was in order and went into great length and detail to justify their verdict. The court criticized IEBC for failing to verify the official results of the presidential elections before announcing them but fell short of finding any individual in the board criminally culpable.
The much-awaited final ruling was met with mixed reactions, when it emerged that two members of the six-member supreme court team were against the decision to nullify the elections. “The Dissenting Judges”, as they came to be known, argued that the court’s decision lowered the threshold for the nullification of future elections thereby setting a dangerous precedence for the country.
James Smart and Marvin Tumbo look closely at the decision and its possible ramifications to the fresh elections on October 26th.
Here are some of the comments from the live show.
Meanwhile on the regional front, Uganda’s ruling party is looking to amend the constitution towards extending the age limit of the head of state which is capped at 75 years. Yoweri Museveni, now 73 years old, obviously welcomes this move ahead of their next elections in 2021. Further away, the De-Facto leader of Myanmar, Aung sang Suu Kyi is coming under international criticism for failing to condemn the violence against the Rohingya community in what human rights groups are calling ethnic cleansing.
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