Kenya Presidential Election Rerun Advisory Note – 6 October 2017

On October 26th, Kenya’s presidential rerun will take place following the Supreme Court’s decision that declared the August 8th election invalid, stating that the electoral commission failed to conduct the election in compliance with relevant electoral laws and the constitution. The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has emphasized it is in the process of implementing the Supreme Court’s directives in order to ensure the credibility of the election rerun. Nonetheless, the IEBC continues to face challenges, with various stakeholders, including political parties, the international community and the electorate, monitoring its activities.

The main opposition party, the National Super Alliance (NASA), has made several threats it will boycott the election if the IEBC fails to implement necessary changes to address issues that resulted in misconduct during the August 8th election. NASA is staging countrywide demonstrations twice a week to pressure the IEBC to implement reforms. Meanwhile, the ruling Jubilee party continues to stress that if the election is not held within the 60-day time period set by the Supreme Court, the country will face extensive political instability. Find out more in our Presidential Election Rerun Advisory Note.