14 August 2009

Election 101

Kenya had a bit of a tutorial about successful elections by India, Canada and Ghana (amongst others).  It is positive to see that the country is looking outwards for advice.  Two points seem to be the removal of politicians from the electoral commission and the automation of votes.  With three years to prepare for the next elections, Kenya must continue to provide a way that people can vote and have confidence that the vote cast will be counted correctly. 

There seems to be no silver bullet when it comes to elections, but there are many nations that have successful democratic polls.  The 2012 race will be contested by numerous candidates.  At this point, it appears that a run-off will have to take place.  If there is even a hint of vote rigging the nation will return to violence much worse than that of last year.  Three years out people are prepared for the worst.