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The Presidential, Parliamentary and Civic Elections in Kenya, 29 December 1992

The Report of the Commonwealth Observer Group

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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.

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The Electoral Process

Changing a society that has been operating under a one-party system of government to a multi-party system is fraught with difficulty. While the process of constitutional reform is comparatively simple, the fundamental problems lie in reforming the administrative machinery of the state and in transforming the attitudes of civil servants, political leaders and party activists nurtured in the one-party system. If this process is to be successful, it is important that steps be taken by the Government and the ruling party on a timely basis to create a political climate hospitable to new and inexperienced political parties.

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