Kenya - No Ordinary Elections
|Publisher||Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN)|
|Publication Date||19 February 2013|
|Cite as||Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN), Kenya - No Ordinary Elections, 19 February 2013, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/512762bd2.html [accessed 25 April 2014]|
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Kenya has never held elections as complex, pivotal or potentially divisive as this year's, which will see in a fresh president and a radical decentralization of power.
When voters go to the polls on 4 March, they will choose not only a head of state and MPs, but also the brand new positions of county governor, senator and local assembly representative, as well as a national assembly seat reserved for women.
Kenya's last elections, held in December 2007, unleashed a wave of violence unprecedented in its scale, which led to the deaths of 1,300 people and the forced displacement of some 600,000 from their homes.
As a result of these clashes, the International Criminal Court has charged four Kenyans - including a leading presidential contender and his running mate - with alleged crimes against humanity. This is the first significant judicial intervention into repeated bouts of election-related violence in Kenya.