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New York Times article on Kenya’s Supreme Court prompts mixed reactions

New York Times article on Kenya’s Supreme Court on presidential petition prompts mixed reactions ahead of the ruling on Monday.

The article dated September 2 described the electoral process in Kenya, where the electorate votes before the Supreme Court makes the final decision.

In Kenyan Elections, the People Decide First. Then Come the Judges, the headline reads.

Even while the story noted that Kenya has one of the best election systems in the world thanks to steps taken to make the process transparent and easy, it did not hold back from mentioning how the country spent a fortune on technology that was still being challenged in court.

According to the New York Times, the election process was transparent thanks to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) portal’s presentation of all Forms 34A, with its standards exceeding those of European countries.

However, the article states, that the election results were not satisfactory to all since they were challenged by Raila Odinga at the Supreme Court.

New York Times claimed that Raila presented both plausible and outlandish grounds as evidence to oppose William Ruto’s win. 

the article added that the Supreme Court is expected to rule by Monday on whether the recent election of William Ruto as president, now mired in a welter of conflicting accusations, should stand.

The article has since become the subject of a heated discussion on social media with politicians and other Kenyans weighing in on the angle of the article. 

“In Kenyan elections, the people decide and then the Supreme Court Judges address all the concerns. In so doing, the election body, IEBC, becomes more transparent unlike in the USA where there is no accountability no matter the concerns,” Sam Nato tweeted. 

“From where some of us sit, the US elections are more transparent than ours and yet still you have raids and the Jan 6th probe ongoing, several warrants of arrest out with Russian hacking conspiracy theories to boot Do you see that too?” another user hit back. 

@CyphrineW said, am not surprised by the USA partisan approach on Kenyan politics, through their mouthpiece @nytimes @Declaracion

 have decided to peddle false information. Should the supreme court nullify the election I wonder what they will tell their masters…

Googi @Hylovveee said the election was not transparent has quoted. It was designed to look in a manner that it was transparent yet the commission is rot to the core. The Venezuelars harkers and rogue commission took stage to decide on behalf of Kenyans.

Meanwhile, the the Supreme Court is expected to make a ruling by Monday.

Also read,

Petition lawyers dismiss Ruto’s claim there will be a constitutional crisis in the event the presidential election is nullified, Uhuru shall remain in office

IEBC disagreements began as early as April, court told

Dissenting IEBC commissioners demonstrate how they were given unverified results to announce

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