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Elections Observation Group (ELOG) Kenya

Elections Observation Group (ELOG) Kenya is an election observation group formed in April 2010 by eleven civil society groups who have expertise and experience of the democratic process in Kenya.

ELOG’s overall aim is to develop a permanent national network and forum with the mandate of strengthening democracy in Kenya and Africa.

Elections Observation Group (ELOG) Kenya’s Vision, Mission and Values are:

Vision
Credible, Peaceful, Free and Fair Electoral Processes in Kenya and the African Region.
Mission
To Promote Democracy by Providing a Platform for Monitoring and Observing the Electoral Processes.
Values
ELOG, is guided by the plethora of Values and Principles of Governance of the Constitution of Kenya, for the Kenyan electoral processes. These are universal principles found in most of the African Region and International Legal Instruments. However, the core values that will guide. ELOG in the realization of its mandate, are basically three:

1. Integrity: We shall be Transparent, Objective and Accountable to Ourselves and the Public
2. Impartiality: We shall Discharge Our Mandate in a Non-Partisan manner.
3. Inclusivity: We shall at “All Times Endeavour to Uphold the Diversity of All.”

Source: ELOG 2017

Online:
Website: http://www.elog.or.ke
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ElectionObservationGroupKENYA
Twitter: https://twitter.com/elogkenya

Another useful link:

USAID Kenya (2017) Flickr: USAID and National Democratic Institute – Training ELOG Kenya Observers to Administer a Nationwide Domestic Elections Effort that includes a Parallel Vote Tabulation.

Contact Address (As on 28 August 2017):
Election Observation Group
4th Floor, Jumuia Place, Off Lenana Road,
Nariobi, P.O. Box 43874, 00100, Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: +254 711 247 181 Email: info@elog.or.ke

Elections Observation Group (ELOG) Kenya Steering Group and Partners

1 Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (CJPC) http://cjpckenya.org/index.php [Check links on this site]

2 Centre for Governance and Development (CGD) http://www.cgd.or.ke/

3 Consortium for Empowerment and Development of Marginalised Communities (CEDMAC)

4 Constitution and Reform Education Consortium (CRECO) http://crecokenya.org

5 Ecumenical Centre for Justice and Peace (ECJP) http://www2.hss.de/kenya/en/partners/ecjp.html

6 Institute for Education in Democracy (IED) http://iedafrica.org/

7 The Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) http://fidakenya.org/news-and-press-release/

8 National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK) http://www.ncck.org

9 Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims (SUPKEM) http://supkem.or.ke/

10 United Disabled Persons of Kenya (UDP) http://www.udpkenya.or.ke/

11 Youth Agenda (YAA) http://www.youthagenda.org/

KenyaElection.com Study Group Notes:

1 ELOG plays an important role in Kenya’s democratic process. To put this organisation in context of elections in Kenya research the history of domestic election observation in Kenya and the 2010 Referendum in Kenya.

2 The feature section of Elog’s website (August 2017) has articles on gender politics social justice and peace issues from 2012 to November 2015. These include:
FIDA Kenya – Realisation of The Two-Thirds Gender Principle in Political Representation;
Catholic Justice and Peace Commission: Programmes which aim to sensitise individuals, communities, and the whole nation on justice, peace issues and their respective roles and duties in addressing peace development, human advancement and human rights.

Videos and media information of ELOG’s activities can be found on their online platforms

3 USAID Kenya (2017) Flickr: USAID and National Democratic Institute – Training ELOG Kenya Observers parallel vote tabulation. (retrieved 28 August 2017) https://www.flickr.com/photos/usaidkenya/sets/72157632858517867/

Domestic election observation: Academics and students will find the process shown in this Flickr photo album useful. Note Kenya Elections 2017 relied on a new bio-metric electronic voting system. The observers in the photos appear to be mainly under 30 years of age. Engaging young people with the democratic domestic observation process is important – Will this have an impact on the electoral process in Kenya?

4 Website Link Notes (Updated 28 August 2017):

Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (CJPC) – The website has some dead links which include adverts for watches embedded in it. Suggest you don’t click these links.

Consortium for Empowerment and Development of Marginalised Communities (CEDMAC) – We are researching CEDMAC’s online presence. We have not added any link to this organisation.

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Kenyans Say No to Computer Generated Leaders – 2/3 NASA address to the Nation on 2017 Election 16 August 2017

Kenyans Say No to Computer Generated Leaders – 1/2 NASA address to the Nation on 2017 Election 16 August 2017

BBC News Raila Odinga urges his supporters to strike

BBC report – ‘Raila Odinga urges his supporters to strike’ 13 August 2017.  Raila Odinga at a rally in Kibera, Nairobi (Kibra Constituency) attended by around 4,000 people. Mr Odinga urges his supporters to strike.

Kenya’s opposition leader has urged people to stay away from work on Monday over the disputed election result. Raila Odinga claims the vote was stolen. BBC reporter states this is contrary to local and international observers who have said the polls were free and fair. European Union Affairs chief Federica Mogherini and former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan urge Mr Odinga to seek redress through the courts. The opposition do not see this as an option.

Useful link:

BBC Africa – Raila Odinga urges his supporters to strike 13 August 2017.

KenyaElections.com Study Group Notes:

The report contextualises the situation in Kenya on 13 August 2017. Raila Odinga of the opposition alliance NASA in Kibera. Kibera or or now officially spelled as Kibra, is a constituency in Nairobi and home to one of Kenya’s biggest slums.

Post-Election violence. The run up to the Kenya Elections 2017 was one of the most peaceful since 1988, despite deaths of a key IEBC official Chris Msando. It is our opinion that one death is one death to many. The voting process was conducted in a civil manner and was not disrupted. There were a few incidents, which we will report in later posts. It is disconcerting to pick from this article that AFP reports 16 deaths and the Kenya Human Rights Watch says 24 people had been shot dead since the elections 8 August 2017.

Federica Mogherini

European Union Affairs chief Federica Mogherini is the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs (2014 – 2019) and Security Policy/ Vice President of the Commission.

Useful Link:

Federica Mogherini

https://ec.europa.eu/commission/commissioners/2014-2019/mogherini_en

Kofi Annan

Kofi Annan – was key in bring the warring parties together during 2007/8 Kenya elections post elections violence. Refer through our Kenya Election search and type – Kofi Annan:

1             Edith Fortunate’s article in the Standard (Nairobi) 16 April 2008. Fortunate, E (2008) ‘Annan Returns to Celebrate Deal,’ Nairobi, The Standard.  [This link is broken but there is a report of what was happening].

2              BBC News 26 January 2008 ‘Annan Hits Out at Kenya Abuses,’ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/7210419.stm [This link is still available and we have inserted it here but do read our post of 26 January 2008].

If you are interested in Kenya and Africa in general we recommend the BBC World Service -TV, Radio and Online.

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