Ironies in Open Government: Was the Kenya PVT a “Parallel Vote Tabulation” or “Private Vote Tabulation”?

So now we have results of both a "Parallel Vote Tabulation" and an Exit Poll for the March 4, 2013 Kenyan election. The irony here is that the Exit Poll was privately funded, yet we have, courtesy of the video…

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AfriCOG’s Seema Shah asks in Foreign Policy: “Are U.S. election watchdogs enabling bad behavior in Kenya?”

UPDATE: See Dr. Shah's article "Kenya: Supreme Court's Disappointing Judgement" from Think Africa Press via allAfrica.com. From Transitions--the Democracy Lab Blog at Foreign Policy.com:  "Are U.S. election watchdogs enabling bad behavior in Kenya?": In recent testimony to Congress, three American non-profit electoral…

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Kenya needs a better election review process next time . . . as respondents argue that IEBC has done “so much” that presidential election announcement should stand as good enough

So we are down to the hearing of the challenge to the presidential election involving some ten to twelve million voters in a country of over forty million. All of the voting was done by paper ballot and counting by…

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[Updated] International Crisis Group releases key up-to-date guide to Kenyan election preparations

Update-- the Associate Press reports "Analysts: Political Party Polls in Kenya a Failure": Political party primaries to select candidates for Kenya's March national elections have been fraught with irregularities, disorganization and disgruntled losers, increasing the chances of conflict during the…

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(Updated) Kenyan diaspora disenfranchised?; Kwamchetsi Makokha raises concern about Kenyan voter education; IFES seeks consultant

Update (Nov. 28):  IEBC Chair Isaac Hassan says that as an independent commission the IEBC will make its own decision about whether to cancel diaspora voting and is not bound by the Cabinet decision announced below.  He acknowledged that registration…

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Egyptian Circus

From the Washington Post story reporting the announced intent to prosecute Americans working for IRI, NDI and Freedom House: Pro-democracy groups have worked openly in Egypt for years, although the government has long refused to grant them operating licenses. The…

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