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Kenyan Elections: Does History Repeat Itself?

Elections, in their different phases ,

 that is: the official election campaign, a heavy electoral process consisting of six polls in one day (presidential, parliamentary, senatorial, gubernatorial, and for women and county ward representatives), then a long period of announcement of the results with an appeal to the Supreme Court. 

There were certainly, during the campaign and on Election Day, technical malfunctions and multiple pressures in form of intimidation and non-compliance with the rules. Such practices were not systemically used, but rather put in place locally.

The same usual petty corruption practices were also seen, such as dispensation of “presents” like small notes of money. These are practices accepted by all, and manipulated by both the givers, who are from various political parties, and the beneficiaries who take advantage of such practices.

Yet these issues are incommensurate with the previous pre-election violence that had terrorised and destabilised the populations of Kenya.

The successful elections in their moderate progress could reflect a step in the construction of a public and civil society and the rule of law. At least, this positive analysis, made more by observers than by experts or academics, deserves to be questioned through the lens of the role and power of the key actors who have emerged with democratisation, such as the civil society and churches, the media, institutions and a dynamic public opinion.

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