Kenya General Elections, 4 March 2013

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Kenya General Elections, 4 March 2013
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Series Title: Commonwealth Election Reports
Publication date: 14 May 2013
Size: 297mm x 210mm
ISBN: 978-1-84929-103-3
Pages: 54

The Report of the Commonwealth Observer Group for the Kenya elections, held 4 March 2013. The Group was led by HE Mr Festus Mogae, former President of Botswana.

The Group found that despite some shortcomings the 2013 General Elections in Kenya were credible. The Report offers a series of recommendations to help improve aspects of the process, including the need to ensure that electoral timelines are established in a manner that facilitates the timely and effective administration of the election, and the need to implement the provision in the Constitution for a gender quota to provide for gender balance in the parliament.



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Letter of Transmittal

Chapter 1 – Introduction
Terms of reference
Activities

Chapter 2 – Political Background
Elections 1992–2002
2005 constitutional referendum
The 2007 elections
Good Offices engagement
Independent Review Committee
Commission of Inquiry into Post-Election Violence
New Constitution
Political environment of 2013 elections
International Criminal Court factor
Security issues
Confidence in institutions

Chapter 3 – The Electoral Framework and Election Administration
Electoral system
The President
The National Parliament (National Assembly and Senate)
County government (Governor and County Assembly)
International and regional commitments and national legal framework
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC)
Voter eligibility and voter registration
Candidate eligibility and nomination
Complaints, appeals and election petitions
Key issues:
Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC)
Voter registration
The legislative framework
Candidate nomination and political party primaries
Women’s participation and representation
The electoral system for the presidential election
Recommendations

Chapter 4 – Campaign and Media
The election campaign
Media coverage
Background and Context
Print media
Radio
The state broadcaster – KBC
Television
International media
Use of social media
Conclusion
Recommendations

Chapter 5 – Voting, Counting and Results
Background
Key procedures for opening and voting
Opening
Voting
Assessment of opening and voting
Key procedures for counting and results tabulation
Assessment of counting and results tabulation
Overview of the Countrywide Observation
The results – presidential elections
Recommendations

Chapter 6 – Conclusions and Recommendations
Conclusions
Recommendations

Annex 1 – Composition of the Team
Annex 2 – COG Deployment Plan
Annex 3 – Arrival Statement
Annex 4 – Interim Statement