Wednesday, 7 May 2014
INSIDE STORY OF 2013 KENYA ELECTIONS
Exactly one year and 11 days ago, Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta and William Samoei Ruto were sworn into office to lead Kenya for a period of five years. The ceremony followed a hotly-contested presidential election whose results were eventually challenged in the Supreme Court. That highest court in the land declared the duo to have been validly elected into office and gave them the green light to take the oath of office. But the failure in the electronic voter identification system, the collapse of the results transmission system, the intrigues in the tendering process for election materials all left a familiar, yet bitter taste in the mouths of many Kenyans. Now after a year-long investigation, KTN has uncovered startling flaws and failures whose impacts on the election, the country will perhaps never know.
From missing tallying forms, inflated results in some areas and evidence of a commission with a divided leadership, it is an intriguing story that once again has exposed the soft-underbelly of Kenya's electoral system. Starting tonight KTN's John-Allan Namu of the inside story and Mohammed Ali of JICHOPEVU, begin our two-part investigative series that will take you to the intrigues at the Bomas of Kenya all the way to Ghana and south africa where some of the most valuable elections lessons can be learnt. Here now is a preview of the story that took twelve and a half months to put together, 50+1.