Kenya’s Next Election and Democratic Trajectory: Institution Building, Trust and Leadership
Gladwell Otieno, Founder and Executive Director of the Africa Centre for Open Governance (AfriCOG)
Chair: Russell Pickard, Deputy Director, Africa Regional Office, Open Society Foundations
Kenya’s presidential election of 8 August was annulled by its Supreme Court on 1 September - the first time a court in Africa has ordered a new presidential election.
The Supreme Court judges blamed the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) for the unconstitutional nature of the election, describing it as ‘neither transparent nor verifiable’.
The next election date has been set for 26 October but the opposition coalition NASA has declared that it will not take part unless senior IEBC officials are sacked and replaced.
At this roundtable, Gladwell Otieno of AfriCOG - a key member of the civil society collective Kura Yangu, Sauti Yangu [Your Vote, Your Voice] which conducted its own data analysis of the presidential vote - discusses the significance of the Supreme Court ruling, how the 17 October election could be made more credible, and prospects for democracy in Kenya following the election.
Attendance at this event is by invitation-only