The Road to Credible2017 Elections

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This Civil Society briefing paper seeks to draw attention to key areas of concern and make
recommendations targeting all stakeholders at the national conference.
The most critical pending issues include:
• administrative and political obstacles to voter registration and related doubts
regarding the reliability of the voters’ register,
• delays in and irregularities with the procurement of critical electoral technology,
• the lack of clear back-up mechanisms to address potential problems with the
functionality of electronic results transmission,
• the lack of clarity regarding how voters will be identified on election day, including
the use of the biometric and/or the copy register,
• disagreement on how to count votes in order to determine if total votes exceed the
number of registered voters at a particular polling station,
• controversial and unilateral last-minute changes to the legal framework on elections,
• the continuing failure to implement constitutionally required measures on gender
equity,
• disproportionate responses by security forces to public protests and indications of
involvement of political elites in fueling pre-election violence; and
• the IEBC’s continued failure to effectively communicate updates and changes to the
Kenyan public.

Dispatch From Niamey: The Kenya Human Rights Commission’s Participation in the 34th NGO forum & 60th Ordinary Session of the African Commission in Niamey, Niger May 8-22, 2017 Popular

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KHRC participated in the 60th ordinary session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights (ACHPR) which took place from 8th to 22nd May, 2017 in Niamey, Niger. KHRC also participated in the 34th Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Forum which proceeded the ordinary session from 4th to 6th May, 2017 with the main objective being to foster closer collaboration among NGOs and with the ACHPR, for the purpose of promoting and protecting human rights in Africa. The forum was organized into three main thematic areas namely: the Status of Human Rights and Democracy in Africa; Special Interest Groups Discussions and; Networking for Human Rights.
The ordinary session on the other hand provided an opportunity to directly engage the Commissioners of the ACHPR in line with their respective mandates and thereby advance various aspects of KHRC‟s strategic objectives at the regional level. This brief outlines KHRC‟s engagements at this session, the achievements made and possible future actions both institutionally and in collaboration with partners.

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).

 

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