Kura Yangu Sauti Yangu statement on the changes on the electoral laws Popular

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Kura Yangu Sauti Yangu is greatly concerned with this week’s events in the National
Assembly regarding electoral laws specifically the amendments to the Elections Law
(Amendment) Act of 2016.
The unilateral passing of the amendments to the aforementioned Act by Jubilee parliamentarians
is worrying and contravenes the spirit of national dialogue which gave birth to the changes to this
Act. Of major concern is the introduction of a complimentary mechanism to be used for voter
identification and result transmission if technologies deployed during the 2017 general elections
fail. We recall that the electoral technologies were introduced to curb voter fraud and other
electoral malfeasance that had been witnessed during the previous elections; but importantly the
said electoral technologies were meant to guarantee transparency, accountability and credibility

KYSY & ICJ Communique electoral dispute Popular

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The International Commission of Jurists Kenyan Section (ICJ Kenya) in partnership with Kura Yangu Sauti Yangu (KYSY) held a members forum in Nyeri, Giraffe Ark Hotel on 23rd and 24th February 2017. The theme of the forum was “Status of the 2017 General Election: Auditing the State of Electoral Preparedness in Kenya with a key focus on electoral dispute resolution.

 The forum was officially opened by ICJ- Kenya Vice Chairperson- Kelvin Mogeni. The Secretary to the Council, Patrick Ngungiri set the context. The speakers for the forum were; Muthomi Thiankolu [Advocate], George Kegoro [Executive Director Kenya Human Rights Commission/KYSY co-convener, Hon Lady Justice Stella Mutuku [ Judicial Committee on Elections] and Elsy Sainna [ Deputy Director ICJ- Kenya]. The plenary sessions were led by Samwel Mohochi [Executive Director ICJ-Kenya] and Carol Werunga [Program Advisor Electoral Governance KHRC/KYSY secretariat] and Cecilia Mugo (Programme Officer, ICJ Kenya)

 

Observation of the 2015 Zambian presidential by elections Popular

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Zambia held its second presidential by-elections on 20th January 2015 this after the death of the incumbent President Michael Sata who had been elected in the 20th September 2011 tri-partite elections. This was the second presidential by-election as it was unfortunately the second time a sitting president had died in office. It was the seventh multi-party election since 1991. Before the country was a single-party state (from 1973-1991).

 

Observation of the 2014 South African National and provincial elections Popular

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South Africa held its elections on 7th May 2014 which coincided with the 20th Anniversary of the advent of democracy in the country in 1994. The National and provincial elections are held every five years where South Africans aged 18 and over and who have registered as voters are entitled to vote. The 5th South Africa democratic elections were governed by the Constitution, Electoral Act, 73 of 1998, Electoral Commission Act, 51 of 1996, Public Funding of Represented Political Parties Act, 103 of 1997, Independent Broadcasting Authority Act, 153 of 1993. The Constitution[1] provides for the rights to vote as well as participate as a contestant, and freedom to make political choices, the use of the constitution to ascertain the qualifications of candidates and the assurance of the citizens of a free and fair elections is not then a noble objective in South Africa but a right and must be enforced by all means.

 

[1] The Constitution includes chapters on the Bill of Rights, co-operative government, parliament, the President and National Executive, provinces, local government, courts and justice, state institutions (including the Electoral Commission), public administration, security services, traditional leaders, finance and more general topics. See http://www.elections.org.za/content/Elections/Laws-and-Regulations-Electoral-Commission/

Botswana Elections Monitoring Report Popular

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Botswana held its 11th democratic general elections for both the parliamentary and local government on 24th October 2014 since she gained independence in 1966. The main highlight of the elections was notably the increase of independent candidates as compared to the previous general elections.

Botswana first ever general elections were held in 1965 as the precursor to 1966 when the country gained its independence. Since independence Botswana has held ten general elections with the 2009 general elections being the most recent. Botswana electoral system is First-Past-the-Post (FPTP). Further, the Elections take place within the framework of a multi-party democracy and a parliamentary system.  To this end, the electorate only elects the Members of Parliament who in turn elect the president. This is contrary to presidential systems which are observed in countries such as Kenya where the electorate vote for the both the Member of Parliament and the president.

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