Challenging Nigeria International Election Observation may present tests of character (2nd update on lobbying/funding) #NigeriaDecides

International Election Observation Mission members, including those from IRI/NDI, are arriving in Nigeria for the general election Saturday in a difficult environment. Although invited by Nigeria's government there has been at least one unwelcoming statement and no one could deny…

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[Updated] Something afoot in Kenya: Nation newspaper is running investigative reporting on IEBC procurement corruption in 2017

Great, must read reporting by the excellent Ken Opala. 17 Dec. 2018 Daily Nation "Impunity reigned at IEBC in tenders scam whose theft "was beyond the imaginable". 16 Dec. 2018 Sunday Nation "IEBC: Anatomy of a cash cow with serial…

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Kenya IEBC terminates Chief Election Officer over procurement irregularities

Kenya, after three problematic general elections (2007, 2013, 2017), might finally be showing some initial stirrings of organic action to start to address fraud within the Election Commission. The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has announced today the termination of…

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Carter Center releases final report on Kenya 2017 elections, finds “major setback in democratic development”, urges momentum on IEBC reform, transparent technology

Here is the link to the Carter Center press release and the full report at 172 pages is here. I am still reviewing the full report, but in summary: Kenya’s 2017 general electoral process was marred by incidents of unrest…

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Election Assistance FOIA update: disappointed to see from USAID records that IFES was supporting Kenya IEBC/Kenyatta-Ruto defense of 2013 election petition by civil society and opposition

Kenya election assistance FOIA update - disappointed to learn IFES was working to support Kenya IEBC along with Kenyatta and Ruto to uphold alleged 50.07% election margin against civil society and opposition challenge

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USAID documents show profound U.S. policy shift in Kenya from disappointment on reforms and corruption in 2005-06 to Ranneberger’s April 2007 “building capital” with Kibaki

In my last post I discussed the late FOIA release of an April 2007 cable setting out U.S. Ambassador Michael Ranneberger's explanation of a policy of hands-off neutrality on election reform proposals, and a "plague on both their houses" view…

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“Achieving USG Goals in Kenya’s Election” (FOIA Update): Ranneberger April 2007 cable shows shift in US approach to upcoming Kenya election to “build capital with the government”

A breakthrough on unraveling the story of Kenya's stolen 2007 election: This is from my original 2009 Freedom of Information Act request to the State Department for documents related to the 2007 Kenya exit poll I managed as Chief of…

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Were Americans right to be so fearful of Odinga’s “People’s President” swearing in?

[Update Feb. 2: Here is a good overview from Martina Stevis-Gridnef in the Wall Street Journal, "Kenya Crackdown on Media, Opposition Deepens"; Fr. Gabriel Dolan explains how the Kenyatta government has popularized the "National Resistance Movement by banning it, with…

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