Today, Kenya’s Supreme Court shocked many when it annulled results from last month’s presidential election. Citing irregularities, the Court called for new elections within 60 days.
Despite predictions of an election landslide, incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta won with just over 54 percent of the vote over opposition leader, Raila Odinga. At the time, Odinga rejected the results, calling them “fake” and claiming the electoral commission’s IT system had been hacked.
A major issue in the election campaign was the prevalence of fake news. According to GeoPoll, 90 percent of Kenyans have seen or heard fake news around the 2017 election, with 87% reporting instances of deliberately false or fake news. To discuss the Kenyan election turmoil is Alphonce Shiundu, an editor at Africa’s first independent fact-checking organization Africa Check.