Special Blog Series: Supreme Court of Kenya’s Historic Judgment Nullifying the 2017 Presidential Election

by | Oct 18, 2017

At the beginning of September, the Kenyan Supreme Court ruled that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), the official election body in Kenya, had failed to conduct the 8 August 2017 Presidential election in accordance with the law, as there were irregularities and illegalities committed that affected the integrity of the election. It therefore ordered that a fresh Presidential election be conducted, and has now released the detailed majority judgment and dissenting opinions. This special blog series, covering commentaries from several Kenyan academics and legal practitioners, weighs in on the plethora of legal issues arising from this unprecedented judgment, a second of its kind in the African continent. It is hoped that the series will be informative and thought-provoking both to general readers and legal scholars interested in the study of constitutional institutions, judicial power, democracy, and the relationship between law and politics.

The contributors include:

Harrison Otieno: The Fulcrum for the Invalidation of Kenya’s 2017 Presidential Election: Section 83 of the Elections Act

Lucianna Thuo: Road to repeat poll in Kenya: Is legislative amendment the cure?

Alvin Attalo: The Kenyan Supreme Court Overturns Presidential Election Results: Of Forms 34As, Bs and Cs

Petronella Mukaindo: The Supreme Countdown: The Fortnight That Shaped Kenya’s Presidential Determination and Beyond

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