Court's ruling raises questions about credibility of observers - Political scientist

International observers including the AU mission led by Thabo Mbeki had earlier described the August 8 polls as “largely peaceful and credible”.

But the Supreme Court on Friday cited irregularities in the election and indicated that a new poll should be organized within 60 days.

Speaking on Accra-based Class FM, Dr Kpessah Whyte said the ruling casts doubts on the credibility of the international observers.

“We heard the international community, I mean the US former Secretary of State John Kerry, we heard Thabo Mbeki, our former President John Mahama and others were all in there and they all visited several electoral centres and pronounced this election one of the most credible in the history of that country.”

“We need to see the details of the ruling but this ruling raises a lot of questions about the credibility of international observers and whether they really are looking at substance or they are looking at form and whether they would be relevant going into the future at all.”

The incumbent president, Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner of the recently held election.

But the opposition candidate Raila Odinga said that the results were manipulated after claims that the commission's IT system had been hacked.


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