When a Compratriot Becomes a Foe: Political Parties and Violent Elections in Kenya and South Africa

This paper examines the operations of political parties in Kenya and South
Africa and provides an analysis of how such operations have become drivers
of election violence. The paper contends that as a result of the structure of
political parties and how they operate, they have contributed to the violence
that has become an endemic feature of the electoral processes in both countries.
In Kenya, most election violence has been between supporters of different
political parties who contest election outcomes. In South Africa, even though
there were many incidents of inter-party violence in the 1990s, recent trends
indicate reductions of the same but with an increase in intra-party violence,
especially over disputed party lists.

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Categories: Journal of African Elections
Tags: election violence, kenya, political parties, South Africa
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