Press release August 31, 2017
Kenya: Supreme Court Shows Its Independence in Election Ruling
Kenya's high court moved to nullify the results of the August 8 presidential election and has ordered that a new vote be held.
In response to Kenya’s Supreme Court nullifying the results of the August 8 presidential election that returned President Uhuru Kenyatta to office, and subsequently ordering that a new vote be held within 60 days, Freedom House issued the following statement:
“Kenya’s judiciary demonstrated the strength of the country’s democratic institutions and its determination to protect the rule of law, the cornerstone of all democracies,” said Robert Herman, vice president for international programs at Freedom House. “An independent, assertive judiciary can ensure that citizens are genuinely free to choose their leaders and exercise their constitutional rights. In demonstrating its independence, the court has strengthened Kenya’s democracy.”