Elections and Violent Conflict in Kenya: Making Prevention Stick

Uhuru Park. Photo: demoshKenya experienced widespread violence in the 2007-08 elections, which shaped society’s views on electoral security. Unemployment, ethnopolitics and inequality triggered violence in 2008, making people doubtful of peace in 2013. Kenya made institutional reforms with a new constitution, fought impunity, decentralized executive power and improved minority rights, promoting trust amongst voters in 2013. However, many believe that triggers of violence were suppressed, not addressed, and that more changes are needed to prevent future electoral violence.

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Security Topics:  Electoral Security