Thursday, December 20, 2012

Kenya and 2013 Elections

On 4 March 2013, Kenya will hold general elections, the first since the crisis-ridden elections in 2008. Writing for Pambazuka News, Antony Otieno Ong'ayo, a researcher in international development studies at Utrecht University, argues that the upcoming elections may determine the full implementation of Kenya's new, progressive constitution.

He adds that the elections have the potential for state restructuring and the establishment of the necessary institutional, policy and legislative framework that would safeguard the interests of Kenya's multicultural polity. Finally, he believes the elections present Kenyans with an opportunity for societal transformation and a time to lay a good foundation for social cohesion and state building.

He lays out this analysis in Electoral Politics and Transition in Kenya.

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