Calm before the Kenyan election storm

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-40843728

Kenya is holding its breath as the blaring speakers of the election campaign cars finally fall silent ahead of Tuesday’s vote.

Ten years ago there was terrible post-election ethnic violence in the country, which nobody here wants to see repeated.

But with opinion polls predicting a very close race between incumbent president Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga, there are fears there could be trouble ahead.

What happens to Kenya is less about who wins the elections and more about how those who lose take their defeat.

The success of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) computerised voting system is key to the process being considered free and fair.

If it fails – as it did in 2013 – the votes will be counted manually, and in a country where vote-rigging has been alleged in the past, the loser will no doubt challenge the result.

In 2013, Raila Odinga turned to the courts claiming electoral fraud, and lost.

This time – his fourth and probably last attempt to become president – he may turn to the streets if he considers the election to have been stolen.

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got to watch this one..with the murder last week of the software creator behind the voting compilation we will be alert to “fraud”..

401

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~ by seeker401 on August 8, 2017.

4 Responses to “Calm before the Kenyan election storm”

  1. “The Nairobi Star newspaper reports for example on high levels of youth unemployment.
    The country is politically stable but corruption puts a brake on enterprise and opportunities.  Kenya also faces challenges with immigration from unstable South Sudan to its north-west and Somalia to the North-East.
    There is constant political interference from the US, EU and UK. China is trying to secure access to raw materials by building infrastructure that is not always as good as it should be.  Moreover, in Kenya, as elsewhere in the developing world, Western governments and NGO’s funded by anti-Christian American and European foundations are constantly trying to impose immorality on the country, and undermine its stability.”

    https://www.christianvoice.org.uk/index.php/pray-tuesdays-elections-kenya/

    Kenya is 80% Christian, 10% Muslim, and 10% animism. It is the tribal lines that the politicians, and thus, the politics divide upon. Each President in recent years, has risen to power in accord with the tribal divisions. When the last conflict broke out at the last elections, the conflict divided over these same tribal lines. There are four major tribes in Kenya. The Christian practice, and the ethical practices of the other religions are apparently not deeply practiced, for the tribal divisions are what politically govern Kenya. The usual corruption that comes with power and authority structures of the world are at play, including not only internal, but external power influences from various countries are trying to get their wealth and political influence placed upon Kenya also (see the quote above).

  2. Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

  3. Kenya election 2017: Kenyatta ahead as votes counted

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-40855040

  4. Kenyan opposition rejects partial vote results

    http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/08/09/kenyan-opposition-rejects-partial-vote-results

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