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The Road to Credible 2017 Elections

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This Civil Society briefing paper seeks to draw attention to key areas of concern and make recommendations targeting all stakeholders at the national conference. The most critical pending issues include:
  • administrative and political obstacles to voter registration and related doubts regarding the reliability of the voters’ register,
  • delays in and irregularities with the procurement of critical electoral technology,
  • the lack of clear back-up mechanisms to address potential problems with the functionality of electronic results transmission,
  • the lack of clarity regarding how voters will be identified on election day, including the use of the biometric and/or the copy register,
  • disagreement on how to count votes in order to determine if total votes exceed the number of registered voters at a particular polling station,
  • controversial and unilateral last-minute changes to the legal framework on elections,
  • the continuing failure to implement constitutionally required measures on gender equity,
  • disproportionate responses by security forces to public protests and indications of involvement of political elites in fueling pre-election violence; and
  • the IEBC’s continued failure to effectively communicate updates and changes to the Kenyan public.
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