Kenya General Election, 27 December 2002

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These Election Reports are the observations, conclusions and recommendations of Commonwealth Observer Groups. The SecretaryGeneral constitutes these observer missions at the request of governments and with the agreement of all significant political parties. At the end of a mission, a report is submitted to the SecretaryGeneral, who makes it available to the government of the country in question, the political parties concerned and to all Commonwealth governments. The report eventually becomes a public document.



The Poll, Count and Results Process

During the campaign many fears had been expressed about the course that events might take on election day. Some predicted that polling stations would open very late, there would be shortages of key materials and biased polling staff would ‘rig’ the results for their political parties. Others suggested that ‘commotion’ would be deliberately stimulated at critical stations so that they would be closed down and the results affected accordingly. Allegations were also made to the effect that the results figures would be changed between the counts and the constituency collation centres. And it was said that large-scale vote-buying would produce a major distortion in the results. In short, polling day would be a mixture of a mess and a conspiracy, and the result would be a ‘stolen election’.


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