An Exceptional Case or a Signal of things to come? Reflections on the Nullification of Kenya's Presidential Election Results

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AN EXCEPTIONAL CASE OR A SIGNAL OF THINGS TO COME?
REFLECTIONS ON THE NULLIFICATION OF KENYA’S PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION RESULTS

On September 1, 2017, the Supreme Court of Kenya nullified the recent Presidential election results citing widespread irregularities in the management of the elections by the Independent Electoral Commission of Kenya. This is being hailed as evidence of the Supreme Court of Kenya’s independence, thereby demonstrating a clear separation of powers in a continent whose politics has largely been constructed as shaped by political patronage and cyclical presidential term limit debates.

While Kenyans wait for a re-run of the presidential election and resolution of the factors that led to result nullification, it is apt that we reflect on the broader theoretical and policy insights that can be drawn from this East African hub.

Can the Kenyan judicial experience create a ripple effect in the East African sub-region and other sections of the continent with similar political trajectories? How can we theorise the uncomfortable relationship between discourses on peace and state orchestrated violence particularly how they are deployed during election cycles in countries emerging from periods of violence? What does Kenya tell us about the processes of re-negotiating state/society relations before, during and after election cycles?

The African Leadership Centre at Kings College London and the Centre for Gender Studies at SOAS invites you to a panel discussion on these issues and more on 20th September from 5.30 – 7.30 p.m. in room K2.40, King's College London Strand Campus. 

Chair:
Funmi Olonisakin, Vice-Principal International (Interim) King’s College London, and Founding-Director of the African Leadership Centre.

Panel:

  1. Comfort Ero - Africa Program Director, International Crisis Group
  2. Gladwell Otieno - Executive Director of the Africa Centre for Open Governance (AfriCOG)
  3. Awino Okech - Lecturer, Centre for Gender Studies at SOAS.

This is an open event, all are welcome. Drinks and nibble to be served afterwards.

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