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Democratic Paradox - A Report on Kenya's 2013 General Election Democratic Paradox - A Report on Kenya's 2013 General Election

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Tuesday March 4, 2014, marks exactly one year since Kenya’s first general elections under a new constitutional dispensation ushered in by the Constitution of Kenya (2010) (COK 2010).  These elections presented unique and unprecedented situations key among them being the first held under Kenya’s new constitutional dispensation.  Given this progressive constitution, the elections had the potential to be positively transformative of the country’s electoral systems and processes; and especially since they were held against a backdrop of the disputed presidential elections of 2007, hence it was imperative that public confidence in electoral processes be affirmed.

However, the results of the results of the presidential election were disputed and settled by a Supreme Court ruling that proclaimed the elections to have been free and fair thereby giving the Jubilee Coalition the winning ticket. There have since been a number of disputed results which have ended up in fifteen by-elections at various levels to date. Throughout these processes, the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) has monitored the elections against the international standards of elections using the human rights-based approach to monitoring.

It is against the unique challenges and lessons learnt from this process that the KHRC carried out the election monitoring process and has the launched this report titled “THE DEMOCRATIC PARADOX: A REPORT ON KENYA’S 2013 GENERAL ELECTIONS”.

KHRC is an independent non-governmental organization committed to fostering  of a human rights and democratic culture based on the  goal of Enhanced Human Rights- Centered Governance at All Levels. KHRC has been engaged in monitoring electoral processes since 1997 and in July 2012, launched the monitoring of the election process in the run up to the March 4, 2013 general elections under our Electoral Governance Programme

COUNTDOWN TO THE MARCH 2013 GENERAL ELECTIONS.Interim Elections Monitoring Report COUNTDOWN TO THE MARCH 2013 GENERAL ELECTIONS.Interim Elections Monitoring Report

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Date added: 02/26/2013
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Electoral processes in post-independence Kenya have been marked by some of the most aberrant forms of

electoral malfeasance and human rights violation, with the 2007 general elections producing the greatest

measure of electoral and human rights violations ever

experienced in the country‟s history.

Electoral processes in post-independence Kenya have been marked by some of the most aberrant forms ofelectoral malfeasance and human rights violation, with the 2007 general elections producing the greatest measure of electoral and human rights violations ever experienced in the country's history.

ELUSIVE JUSTICE ELUSIVE JUSTICE

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Date added: 08/10/2012
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This report is a joint project of the Kenya HumanRights Commission (KHRC) and the Kenyan Section of the International Commission of Jurists(ICJ Kenya) to review the current status of the victims of the 2007/2008 Post Election Violence (PEV) in Kenya. The research project was informed by theconcern that whereas there have been attempts by multiple groups in Kenya to assist in the identifi cation,processing and registration of the victims, the effortshave not been comprehensive and holistic. This report is based on data collected through interviews withindividual victims, representatives of victims groupsand key informants at more than 200 sites across Kenya during the months of July—September2011. More than 800 respondents participated in the research. In brief, field research with victims revealed that the Government of Kenya has failed to meet its obligations to victims of 2007—2008 violence in substantial ways. Our research mirrors the findings of other documentation efforts carried out by Kenyan and international human rights organizations.

Recurrent Ethnic Violence and Claims of Communities Arming Ahead of the 2012 General Elections Recurrent Ethnic Violence and Claims of Communities Arming Ahead of the 2012 General Elections

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Date added: 11/17/2011
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Kenya experienced political and inter-ethnic violence following disputed national elections inDecember 2007. At least 1,300 people died in a cycle of ethnic unrest, revenge killings andpolice raids across the country as rival PNU and ODM presidential candidates clashed over theoutcome of the 2007 presidential poll. While the 2007—2008 post election violence was neither unique nor new in Kenya’s political landscape, its magnitude and geographical spread was unprecedented.

Since the re-introduction of multiparty politics in Kenya in the early 1990s, other general election periods have had their share of election-related violence. Indeed, many regions in the country, especially the Rift Valley, Western and Coast regions have experienced intermittentor recurrent violence at every election period since the re-introduction of multipartyism in Kenya.

Concerned with various indications and responding to information that communities were armingthemselves in readiness for self-defence (read violence), particularly during the upcoming general elections scheduled to take place in 2012, the Kenya Human Rights Commission dispatched a team of researchers and investigators on a fact-finding mission to interrogate these claims.

LEST WE FORGET- The Faces of Impunity in Kenya LEST WE FORGET- The Faces of Impunity in Kenya

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Date added: 08/24/2011
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The report, titled Lest We Forget: The Faces of Impunity in Kenya, is based on a the KHRC’s Review of the Official Reports Project that has compiled a list of individuals recommended for further investigation or criminal proceedings in official reports on gross and systemic human rights violations as well as grand corruption.

This project is meant to address the following gaps in truth and justice seeking:

  • First, the inadequate understanding and appreciation of the level of the truth already existing in the current official and other reports;
  • Second,the inadequate review, harmonization and presentation of the findings of the official and other reports over historical injustices in Kenya;
  • Third,the inadequate analysis and presentation of both the patterns and perpetrators of impunity across the different regimes, reports and categories of injustices in Kenya;
  • Finally are the inadequate interventions to ensure that the cross cutting findings and recommendations are applied to expose, lustrate and hold to account, the purveyors of impunity.
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