Carter Center Statements – 2017 Elections in Kenya

At the invitation of Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, The Carter Center launched an international election observation mission for the country’s Aug. 8 general election, and the Supreme Court mandated rerun of that election on Oct. 26, 2017.  The reports and statements of the mission include:

Carter Center Urges Kenya’s Political Leaders to Agree on Key Changes Necessary to Implement Court Ruling for New Election

October 4, 2017

The Carter Center today issued a statement urging Kenya’s political leaders to work with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to come to a consensus on the changes necessary to hold Oct. 26’s presidential election in accordance with the ruling of the Supreme Court, which ordered the fresh polls.

 

Carter Center Statement on Kenya Supreme Court Ruling

September 1, 2017

Following the decision issued today by Kenya’s Supreme Court, The Carter Center commends the court for conducting an open and transparent judicial process, which gave all parties the opportunity to be heard and ensured due process consistent with the constitution and laws of Kenya.

 

Carter Center Urges Kenyan Election Commission to Finalize Posting of Results

Aug. 17, 2017

Following the release of its Aug. 10 preliminary statement, The Carter Center continues to follow the electoral process in Kenya, including the tallying and public posting of official results and the judicial review of any electoral petitions.

Carter Center Preliminary Statement on the 2017 Kenyan Election

Aug. 10 2017

The Carter Center commends the people of Kenya for the remarkable patience and resolve they demonstrated during the Aug. 8 elections for president, governors, senators, the national assembly, women’s representatives, and county assemblies. In an impressive display of their commitment to the democratic process, Kenyans were undeterred by long lines and cast their ballots in a generally calm and peaceful atmosphere.

Communique Following the Post-election Meeting of the Heads of International Election Observation Missions to the 2017 General Elections in Kenya

Aug. 9, 2017

We, the heads of the following international observer missions present in Kenya — African Union (AU), Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the Commonwealth, East African Community (EAC), European Union (EU), International Conference of the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), National Democratic Institute (NDI) and The Carter Center — have agreed that…

Communique Issued at the Joint Meeting of Heads of International Observer Missions to the 2017 General Elections in Kenya

Aug. 7, 2017
We the heads of the following international observer missions present in Kenya — African Union (AU), Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA), the Commonwealth, East Africa Community (EAC), European Union (EU), International Conference of the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD), National Democratic Institute (NDI) and The Carter Center…

Carter Center Offers Condolences to Family of Msando; Stresses Need for Security and KIEMS Testing

Aug. 1, 2017
The Carter Center International Observation Mission in Kenya offers its condolences to the family of Mr. Christopher Msando, ICT manager at Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission. The Center’s technical experts enjoyed a productive relationship with Mr. Msando and are personally saddened by the loss.

Carter Center Commends Efforts of Kenya’s IEBC and Urges Stakeholders to Remain Vigilant Against Electoral Violence

July 27, 2017
In a pre-election statement, The Carter Center commended Kenya’s Independent Election and Boundaries Commission on its efforts to keep the Aug. 8 election on track despite many challenges. It noted the heightened political competition in Kenya that has resulted from the devolution of power to the counties and the inclusion of many independent candidates, calling it evidence of a strengthening democratic culture.

 

Carter Center Launches Election Observation Mission in Kenya

May 8, 2017

At the invitation of Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, The Carter Center has launched an international election observation mission for the country’s Aug. 8 general election.