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date: 05 June 2020

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The Kenyan general elections of 2017 will be remembered for the unprecedented nullification of the presidential election by the Supreme Court; for the opposition party NASA’s boycott of the subsequent election, which facilitated a win for the incumbent Jubilee party; and for the violent and oftentimes fatal stand-off between the opposition and government and their respective supporters. This chapter retraces the dynamics that led to these unforeseen events. It examines the role of ethnic politics and the associated imbalance of power and resources between the incumbent and the opposition. It also highlights the importance attached to law and electoral technology as a means to enhance electoral justice. Finally, the chapter reveals how the confrontation of a political culture and political economy built on constitutionalism and predation renders Kenyan elections both highly competitive and often violent.

Keywords: elections, justice, electoral technology, Supreme Court, Jubilee, NASA

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