Is Kenya’s Election Debacle a Failure of Technology or Governance?

Opposition protesters ride on a truck bearing pictures of Kenyan opposition leaders Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka, Nairobi, Kenya, Sept. 26, 2017 (AP photo by Ben Curtis).
Opposition protesters ride on a truck bearing pictures of Kenyan opposition leaders Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka, Nairobi, Kenya, Sept. 26, 2017 (AP photo by Ben Curtis).
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The Kenyan Supreme Court’s ruling that nullified the results of August’s presidential election was a watershed moment for the African continent. Kenya became the first African country to have its election results invalidated and a fresh election ordered by its highest court. Citing widespread “irregularities” in ballot counting, the unreliability of electronic voting machines and the absence of transparency at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, or IEBC, which oversaw the vote, the court declared that “[if] candidates do not respect the rule of law; if the average citizen, political parties and even candidates themselves do not perceive them as […]

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