Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has praised the Kenya Supreme Court decision to annul the August 8th presidential election, saying that the verdict should give direction on how the US should handle its elections in the future.
On September 1st, the Kenya apex court overturned the result of last month’s presidential election over irregularities and illegalities ordering a repeat poll within 60 days.
It was a historic ruling, being the first in the Africa continent.
Opposition National Super Alliance candidate Raila Odinga lodged the petition challenging the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta saying it was fraudulent, something that the highest court in the land upheld.
Speaking to NPR media, the former Democratic Presidential candidate Clinton the US elections to that of Kenya saying they have no provision of repeating an election.
“What happened in Kenya, which I’m only beginning to delve into, is that the Supreme Court there said there are so many really unanswered and problematic questions, we’re going to throw the election out and redo it,” she said.
“We have no such provision in our country. And usually we don’t need it.”
Clinton said that articles should be written on the Kenyan elections saying it was interesting decision by the courts.
“You know, the Kenya election was just overturned and really what’s interesting about that – and I hope somebody writes about it, Terry – the Kenyan election was also a project of Cambridge Analytica,” she said.
The Cambridge Analytica is a data firm owned by the Mercer family that was instrumental in the Brexit vote. Clinton said there is a probe going on in the UK because of the use of data and the weaponization of information.
“They were involved in the Trump campaign after he got the nomination,” she said.
Electoral Commission IEBC, had declared President Uhuru the winner of August 8 election by 1.4 million votes but the Opposition said they won the election with 1.6 million votes.