Postponing the repeat presidential poll would have been the best decision
IT IS is no secret that Kenya is in a particularly precarious position going into the second presidential “election” following the overturning of the August 8 elections by the Supreme Court.
The Court determined that the process was so flawed and wrought with “illegalities” and “irregularities” that it had no choice but to nullify the election. The best way to sum its judgment is the principle applied by the Court, i.e. principle of “finis coronat upus” – which simply means that the product is as good as the process that produced it. The simplest analogy is this, suppose your wedding day baker decides to use rotten eggs for your wedding, it will be a bad cake and he would have ruined that special day
. The Independent Electoral & Boundaries Commission (IEBC) was severely indicted and convicted of electoral malpractices by the Supreme Court, it was given an opportunity to redeem itself and follow the law.
At the time of the Supreme Court ruling, the IEBC put a unified defense albeit weak. Of course they lost. Now, rather than correct its own mistakes and conduct a fair and free elections, it has doubled down on its original sins, it is blatantly playing Russian roulette with Kenyan lives instead. IEBC poses an existential threat to the Republic as we know it and time to act is now before it is too late. David Ochwangi Via e-mail