mark an important step forward in the process of the development
of democracy in Kenya. The people of Kenya have generally
been able to cast their votes freely for the candidates of
their choice. Political parties were able to campaign actively
in a far more peaceful and conducive atmosphere than in previous
elections. Notwithstanding some incidents of violence and
organisational shortcomings, the overall conduct of the elections
constitute an example for other countries in the region.
the print and the electronic media, both public and private,
generally offered extensive and diverse coverage of the political
A number of improvements
to the election legislation were introduced prior to the elections.
Regrettably, some of these, like continuous voter registration,
came too late to be implemented for these elections.
On Election Day, voters turned out in a peaceful and orderly
manner. Party agents, as well as domestic and international
observers, were present in nearly all polling stations.
The main problem experienced on Election Day were deficiencies
in the voters register and the confusing and inconsistent
approach adopted by the Electoral Commission of Kenya (ECK)
and its polling station officials in dealing with this issue.
The new legislation
requiring the counting of the votes at the polling stations
has improved the openness and transparency of the democratic
process. Counting of the votes has taken place in a well organised
Tabulation of results is still ongoing and the final result
of the elections still needs to be declared by the ECK. The
EU EOM will continue to observe this process and will produce
a final report, which will contain in more detail its findings
on the entire electoral process, as well as recommendations
for further improvement of the democratic process.