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“The trust in the election process is at a low”

NAI researcher Anders Sjögren doubts that a re-run of the presidential election can take place within 60 days, in accordance with the constitution. The trust in the election process is at a low, he says.

The decision of the Supreme Court on Friday to annul the election surprised many observers, including Anders Sjögren.

“The courts in Kenya are sensitive to pressure, and even if the opposition was considered to have filed a strong appeal many felt that for political reasons it would not be enough – that it would be too controversial for the court to rule against the government,” says Anders Sjögren in an interview with Swedish news agency TT.

Irregardless of what happens next, Anders Sjögren believes that it will be difficult to hold a new round of elections within two months, in accordance with the constitution.

“It is difficult to see that the opposition would accept the current election commission organising fresh elections. The opposition is likely to demand that fresh elections are held under a new regime. The trust in the election process is at a low,” he says.

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