Kenya's general election on 4 March 2013 was one of the most important events on the African election calendar. Conducted within the framework of the 2010 Constitution, the polls were more than just an exercise in electing the country’s political leaders. They were a test for Kenya on two major issues of concern: whether a recurrence of the 2007-8 post-election violence could be prevented; and the durability of the policy and institutional reforms introduced under the new Constitution. The elections also highlighted the contest between forces of change and continuity in Kenya.
This seminar will take stock of the entire electoral process and its implications for political developments in Kenya, and will identify lessons for effective political reforms to address electoral violence in other African countries. The seminar will also consider the implications for the International Criminal Court’s cases against the victorious candidates, President Uhuru Kenyata and Vice President William Ruto.
Chair: Dr Solomon Ayele Dersso, Senior Researcher ISS Addis Ababa
- Dr Idrissa Kamara, Democracy and Electoral Assistance Unit, African Union Commission
- Ambassador CM Chika, Charge d'affaires Embassy of Kenya, Addis Ababa
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