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AfriCOG-KPTJ Elections 2013 Compendium

AfriCOG-KPTJ Elections 2013 Compendium

On March 4, 2014 Kenya conducted a general election, which was historic for several reasons. It was the first general election since the promulgation of the new Constitution in 2010; and it was the first election in which voters would choose candidates for six positions each, the majority of which were newly created by the Constitution. The 2013 elections also ushered in a devolved system of government. Against the background of the 2007 elections that ended in the disaster of the 2008 postelection violence, concern was high that a repeat be avoided.

Voter Registration for the 2013 General Elections in Kenya

Voter Registration for the 2013 General Elections in Kenya

On March 4, 2013, Kenya held a landmark general election. It was the first national election since the promulgation of the internationally lauded constitution, which created a devolved system of government. For the first time, Kenyans voted simultaneously for six elective offices, ranging from president to local ward representative. This election was also the first to be administered by the newly created Independent Elections and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), a body which enjoyed over 90 per cent public confidence in the lead-up to the national polls.1

Election Day 2013 and its Aftermath

On March 4, 2013 Kenya held a landmark general election. It was the first national election since the promulgation of the internationally lauded constitution, which created a devolved system of government. For the first time, Kenyans voted simultaneously for six elective offices, ranging from president to local ward representative. This election was also the first to be administered by the newly created Independent Elections and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), a body which enjoyed over 90 per cent public confidence in the lead-up to the national polls.