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  • Kenya bans protests, setting up showdown with opposition supporters

    KENYA, 2017/10/13 Tensions rose in Kenya on Thursday as the government banned demonstrations and indicated that it would go ahead with an election rerun that the opposition is convinced cannot be free and equitable under the current system. The order sets authorities on a collision course with supporters of opposition leader Raila Odinga, who before this week pulled out of the Oct. 26 vote. Major demonstrations against the electoral commission, which the opposition sees as favoring incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta, have been called for Friday.
  • Kenya poll rerun: Uhuru on campaign trail, Raila seeks campaign funding

    KENYA, 2017/09/09 The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) of Kenya insists it is going ahead with preparations for a rerun of the August 8 presidential elections despite concerns by the major opposition National Super Alliance (NASA). Even though the Supreme Court annulled all process and ordered a fresh poll within 60 days, the IEBC has stated that it will allow incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta of the Jubilee Party and NASA’s Raila Odinga on the ballot sheet.
  • Kenya to hold fresh presidential election on October 17

    KENYA, 2017/09/05 Kenya's electoral commission has announced that the country's new presidential elections will take place on October 17, next the country's Supreme Court overturned the result of last month's poll that declared President Uhuru Kenyatta the winner "A fresh presidential election will be held on the 17th of October 2017," said a statement released on Monday signed by Wafula Chebukati, chairperson of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
  • Political activities gather pace in Kenya after annulment of polls

    KENYA, 2017/09/05 Political campaigns are picking up in Kenya, affecting normal lives, few days next the Supreme Court annulled the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta. The judges led by Chief Justice David Maranga ordered for fresh polls within 60 days from the time they had their verdict. The country is slowly getting back to the campaign mood, with Kenyans bracing themselves for an extra period of intense political activities, which could last a month or longer.
  • Election rerun in Kenya raises fears about violence and economic troubles

    KENYA, 2017/09/03 While the decision by Kenya’s Supreme Court to annul the results of August’s presidential election was hailed around the world as a step forward for democracy, a new vote will open up the country to economic uncertainty and the renewed possibility of violence. Kenya, with East Africa’s most developed economy and most robust democracy, is often held up as a model in the region, but its elections have resulted in severe ethnic clashes and are a heavy burden on the economy.
  • Kenya: No Please, IEBC Tells Raila Odinga and Nasa

    KENYA, 2017/08/12 The electoral commission has dismissed National Super Alliance leaders' request that Raila Odinga be declared validly elected president, saying the results they presented could not be ascertained. Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati on Thursday night reminded the politicians and other players that the commission is independent and will not take directions from any quarter.
  • Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta casts his ballot

    KENYA, 2017/08/09 Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta maintained his strong lead in the presidential election count on Wednesday with 85 % of polling stations reporting, the election commission said.
  • Kenya: Presidential Ballot Papers Arrive From Dubai

    KENYA, 2017/08/01 The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has received 192 pallets of presidential ballot papers. The electoral commission received the consignment, to be used in the August 8, General Election, at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) on Monday evening. In total, there are 353 pallets and the initial batch of 192 for 30 counties arrived at the JKIA in Nairobi from Dubai on Monday. According to the IEBC, the rest - 161 pallets - will be delivered on Tuesday.
  • Kenya announces pay cut for President, Deputy

    KENYA, 2017/07/29 Kenya on Monday announced a drastic fee cut for all cadres of national employees in a bid to tame a ballooning wage bill that was to blame for the sluggish economic increase. Sarah Serem, Chairperson of Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC), said the pay cut for national officials would be accompanied by abolition of mileage and sitting allowances to cushion the Kenyan tax payers from inflationary pressures.
  • Uncertainty over Kenya polls – violence & fears of war

    KENYA, 2017/07/17 Kenya has been through dark periods before. Uncertainty surrounding polls, amid massive irregularities have degenerated into something other before. It seems to be happening again, and it casts doubts about the country’s readiness to hold polls Pre or post-election violence is not a complex eventuality. Often the signs of impending chaos are there. In Kenya, the requisite ingredients have all been thrust into the pot and they are cooking. Uncertainty is in the air.