Safeguarding Kenyan elections from criminal interference is urgent, say stakeholders

Published on August 9, 2022

'In each of our unique places, we are a powerful force. We must not overlook or undervalue our power. Additionally, we must carry on this discussion outside of meetings and conferences, in public barazas where voters congregate. They ultimately make the decisions.'

One of the long-term goals agreed to in the meeting was to ensure that civil society spaces continue to function sustainably. This can be done by engaging in collaborative initiatives and financial opportunities that could support political literacy discussions. In addition, there was a pressing need to reach out to artists, particularly poets, who can package important election-related topics and transmit them to young people, as well as disseminate information on organized crime on social media and other platforms that attract young voters.

Organized criminal activity during elections is generally not met with a robust government response. Civil society must hold governments to account, especially ensuring that candidates who have ties to gangs are barred from running for office.

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