While Kenya’s closely-watched March election was not without flaws, the process was considered credible by the Kenyan courts and international observers, and the results were accepted by the opposition, marking a significant improvement over the violence following the December 2007 elections.
The results were close, with Uhuru Kenyatta elected President with 50.07% over Raila Odinga’s 43.31%. Mr. Odinga’s supporters originally contested the results citing irregularities and malfunctions in the new electronic ballot systems, but the results were upheld by the Kenyan Supreme Court and Mr. Odinga accepted the ruling. Mr. Kenyatta was sworn in on April 9, but the outlook for Kenya’s democracy remains uncertain.
President Kenyatta faces trial at the International Criminal Court which has accused him of crimes against humanity in relation to the 2007 election violence. Additionally, although Kenyan civil society organizations played a significant role in promoting peaceful elections this year, proposed legislation could restrict their future activities. It is also unclear how the new government will implement Kenya’s new constitution, which divided Kenya into 47 counties.
Maina Kiai (above) is the Executive Director of InformAction, an organization based in Nairobi, Kenya that produces films and organizes community discussions to promote political and social accountability in Kenya. He also serves as UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association and he is a member of the steering committee of the World Movement for Democracy. He has spent the last 20 years campaigning for human rights and constitutional reform across the world.
Kiai will speak about the recent Kenyan elections and their implications for the future of the country.
The National Endowment for Democracy and the World Movement for Democracy cordially invite you to attend a discussion on
Implications of the Kenyan Elections
Executive Director, InformAction
Senior Associate, CSIS Africa Program
Moderated by Dave Peterson
Senior Director, Africa Program, National Endowment for Democracy
Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
1025 F Street, NW, 8th Floor
RSVP (acceptances only) with name and
affiliation by Friday, April 19th
Joel D. Barkan is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Iowa and a Senior Associate with the Center for Strategic & International Studies Africa Program. He specializes on issues of democratization and governance across Anglophone Africa.
For questions about this event, contact Natalie Kay at NatalieK@ned.org.