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Kenya General Elections, 4 March 2013

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The Report of the Commonwealth Observer Group for the Kenya elections, held 4 March 2013. The Group was led by HE Mr Festus Mogae, former Prime Minister of Botswana.



The Group found that despite some shortcomings the 2013 General Elections in Kenya were credible. The Report offers a series of recommendations to help improve aspects of the process, including the need to ensure that electoral timelines are established in a manner that facilitates the timely and effective administration of the election, and the need to implement the provision in the Constitution for a gender quota to provide for gender balance in the parliament.

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Introduction

Following an invitation from the Chairman of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission of Kenya (IEBC), the Commonwealth Secretary-General, Mr Kamalesh Sharma, constituted an Observer Group for the General Elections of 4 March 2013. Prior to his final decision on whether to constitute a Commonwealth Observer Group, the Secretary-General initially sent an Assessment Mission to Kenya to assess the prevailing situation as well as the pre-electoral environment. The Assessment Mission was in the country in January 2013.

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