It would be easier for Mr. Chebukati and Mr. Kerry to make their case to Mr. Odinga’s supporters with much greater transparency

There is a lot that Kenyan voters could be told that they have not been told about how their votes were represented to them by the IEBC over the last several days since they voted and all the ballots were…

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Kenya vote: target turns from “will of the people” to “free and fair, peaceful and credible” to “fair, orderly, credible and nonviolent”

In the 2013 Kenyan election John Kerry was the American Secretary of State, speaking to Kenya's elections that year in his role as lead American diplomat.  The U.S. provided key funding as well as embedded technical support for the IEBC…

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Mocking democracy: Government of Kenya announces “Kenyan Asian community backs President Kenyatta’s re-election”

[Update: The Daily Nation, "State Officials on the campaign trail":  "The Jubilee administration has deployed civil servants and key government officials on vote hunting missions across the country in contravention of the law."] Let it not be said that there is…

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Why does the House Foreign Affairs Africa Subcommittee keep leaving the Carter Center off their election hearings?

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations is holding a hearing Wednesday morning, March 18, on U.S. Election Support in Africa. Good.  Unfortunately, as was that much…

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“The War for History” part eight: “The way not forward; lessons not learned” from Kenya’s failed 2007 election assistance

Here is the contract language requiring a Final Report from the Cooperative Agreement for the USAID - IRI Kenya polling program starting with the 2005 Referendum Exit Poll and culminating with the 2007 General Election Exit Poll: I finally learned…

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Carter Center quietly publishes strikingly critical Final Report from Kenya Election Observation

Another reversal on a Kenya election observation? Without additional fanfare that I have picked up on, the Carter Center published on the web on October 16th their Final Report on the Election Observation Mission for Kenya's March 4 elections. I…

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[Updated June 3] “Kenya’s Elections: Observing the observers”

The new June issue of Africa in Fact published by Good Governance Africa based in South Africa has an article, "Kenya's Elections: Observing the observers" by Mienke Mari Steytler.  I hope you will take time to read it. The article included some…

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Is Uhuru on his way to being the next East African authoritarian American darling?

Before noting the choice of speakers for the Uhuruto inauguration, the idea that governance in Kenya might be in the process of falling in line with its East African neighbors has been much on my mind since the IEBC's decision…

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