The Political and Institutional Context of the 2007 Kenyan Elections and Reforms Needed for the Future

For many Kenyans the outcome of the 2007 presidential election represented a continuation of the betrayal of the promise made by Mwai Kibaki’s government, elected in 2002, that a new Constitution would be drafted which would help to deal with Kenya’s governance problems. The consequence was a closely contested election, ethnic division, a flawed election process, and serious post-election violence, which lasted well into 2008. This article analyses the underlying political features of Kenya that led to the election failure itself and the fundamental changes to the Kenyan system, including its Constitution, that are necessary to avert a recurrence of the 2007 election violence in the future.

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Categories: Journal of African Elections
Tags: Central Province, Kibaki’s Party of National Unity (PNU), Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), President Mwai Kibaki, Rift Valley Province