Civil society exists to promote and protect people’s rights, in accordance with our Constitution and laws, as well as regional and international law. In the context of elections, we work to ensure that every eligible person’s right to vote, and for our vote to count, is honoured. We will continue to do so.
In the run-up to August 8, 2017, we published and disseminated many reports to express the public interest in the electoral process, replete with recommendations on what relevant public bodies, especially the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), are required by our Constitution and laws to do to ensure our right to vote—and for our vote to count.
Kenya’s 2017 elections were meant to be a step forward in our country’s democracy, anchored in our new, progressive Constitution. They were also meant to assert and maintain our country’s regional leadership and be a point of reference in a sub-region where recent elections have been so contested.
As we near completion, there is need to take stock of what the elections have achieved against those aims—our right to vote, for our vote to count and our role as a sub-regional anchor state.