I thought this was worth revisiting in remembering the preparation for the Election Observation Mission in 2007 . . .
Following up on my last post noting the FRIDE study assessing democracy assistance in Kenya, here is a paragraph from a paper I drafted for the “briefing book” for our IRI 2007 election observation delegates. This is an example of the challenges faced in seeking to bolster female candidates while staying in graces with the powers that be:
While we at IRI try to train women candidates to do the most that they can with the least resources, and to find non-traditional sources of funds, the reality is that Kenyan political culture places heavy financial demands on those seeking office—from the fact that vote buying is extremely common, accepted and expected, to the fact that there is very little “free” or “earned” media available for races below the presidential level. Most women running for parliament will face daunting challenges financially. [On vote buying, 20% in our IRI/USAID poll admitted accepting…
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