Election campaigns, which usually cost millions of dollars, have also hit the ground running. The opposition NASA Coalition has even resorted to public fundraising in order to fund its campaign—a move that president Kenyatta said showed that they previously used governors aligned with their alliance to steal public money and fund campaigns.

However, the biggest disruption to the election could come when the court publishes its full decision with details of its findings. If found culpable, Chiloba has said he will resign, a step that might ground the operations of the commission and its ability to carry out its task on time. But for now, the commission is refusing to compromise despite increasing criticism.

“I honestly believe, save for the setting aside of the presidential elections, people will look back and say it was the best managed election that was nullified by the courts,” Chiloba said. “They will ask why this happened. How come everyone got it so wrong? It only points to one thing, that we did it right.”

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