Most recent elections in Kenya have resulted in serious violence. Because of this history of electoral violence, stakeholders supported the creation of an Electoral Code of Conduct, to promote conditions that are conducive to free and fair elections and a climate of tolerance.
Since the establishment of the IDEA Office in Kenya, we conducted numerous activities in support of the Office of the Registrar of Political Parties (ORPP) and the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) in fulfilling their respective mandates.
Most notably, IDEA played a key role in support of the drafting of the Election Campaign Financing Regulations. The parent law – the 2013 Election Campaigns Financing Act – was developed with the support of International IDEA in the previous project phase.
Recent activities include efforts to improve coordination between the IEBC and the ORPP on the shared implementation of key legislation, including a study on coordination mechanisms. Other initiatives include institutional capacity strengthening for ORPP and working with the IEBC to increase its understanding of electoral risks and develop mechanisms for risk analysis and mitigation.
Recently, we conducted a survey on Potential Triggers of Political Violence in the 2017 General Elections. The findings of the survey, alongside the ERM Tool, led to the development of risk maps used by IEBC commissioners in decision processes during the 2017 general elections.
We continue to support electoral capacities and the broadening of political participation in Kenya.