4th March 2013 marked the first General Elections exercise under a new Constitutional dispensation. It was also recorded as the biggest election as Kenyans had to elect six different individuals at once. Most election observers reported that the elections were free and fair; however there were a number of petitions filed in courts immediately after results were released.
Filing of the petitions in courts started within the 28 day period stipulated in Article 87(2) of the Constitution, which...
Kenyans on 4th of March, 2013 came out in great numbers to exercise their right to vote as citizens. The electorate conducted themselves in a very peaceful manner as they went to their respective homes immediately after casting their votes to wait for the results. The Chairperson of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) had seven days to announce the results of the election after the day the people cast their votes. The chairman, Issack Hassan on Saturday declared...
As we near the General Elections, it is important for every citizen and voter to recognize and understand the election offenses to shun and condemn them. Election offences will lead to warning, disqualification, prosecution or imprisonment as provided for by the Law.There are different categories of Election Offences in Kenya. They include:
Offences in relation to registration of voters and voter's cards,
Offences relating to multiple registrations as a voter,
Offences relating to...
With only 50 days to go before the general elections are conducted, the aspiring leaders are anxious to overthrow their opponents and as it seems, they are willing to part with anything, not to mention sound legislations that had been endorsed by Kenyans to regulate the political scene.It would not be wrong to deem most of our legislatures as perverts of the law as it has now becoming a popular trend among them to adulterate the law so as to suit their personal interest....a cost which Kenya...
There are six elective positions that the electorate will be required to elect leaders come March 4th. This is a new phenomena introduced by the new Constitution. This article will highlight them, describing their functions and roles. They include;
The authority of the President is vested in the Constitution under Article 131. The president is the head of state and government. He is the commander in chief of the armed forces in Kenya and a national symbol of unity. The...
As Kenyans prepare for the coming General Elections, it is important to understand the roles of the people they will be voting for.
The Constitution of Kenya introduced Devolution; which is a concept that must be understood for it to be effective. Devolution of power is identified as a value and principle that should guide our governance system. As part of devolution, management and coordination of the functions of the county administration and its departments lie squarely with the county...
The sovereign power belongs to us, the people. You and I are to exercise this sovereignty either directly or indirectly through democratically elected representatives. Sovereignty means the exercise of power by the people and for the people. It is through elections that we, citizens, choose the kind of government and leaders we want.
Elections offer citizens the opportunity to exercise their political right that is guaranteed in the Constitution. It is an opportunity for the people to choose...