Facing election test, Kenya can look to popular support for the rule of law, survey shows

Popular trust in election commission and courts | Kenya | 2003-2016
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Popular support for the rule of law is one of Kenya’s strengths as it confronts an electoral crisis in the wake of the annulled presidential contest of August 8, Afrobarometer survey findings suggest.

Based on a national survey conducted last October, more Kenyans trust the courts than the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, and fully three-quarters of citizens expect the president to obey the courts even if he thinks they’re wrong.

Public perceptions of the country’s democracy were on an upward swing ahead of the August presidential election, which has been challenged by the opposition and annulled by the Supreme Court. (For more on Kenyans’ views on their democracy, please see “All eyes on Kenya: Will the election continue the country’s democratic recovery?”)

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