Kenya’s general elections since the onset of multiparty politics in 1992 have always elicited strong sentiment. This year’s election pitting two main contenders - former Prime Minister and veteran opposition leader Raila Odinga and the current Deputy President William Ruto promise just as many fireworks. Raila Odinga is the candidate for Azimio - a coalition of close to twenty political parties that is also supported by the sitting President Uhuru Kenyatta.
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On August 9th, 2022 Kenyans will vote for a new President. It will be the third time a President will be leaving office after his term is over. President Daniel arap Moi ruled the country for 24 years, ten after the Constitution was changed to open the country to multipartism and to cap presidential terms to two. He argued that, after changing the Constitution, he qualified for a new start, which he was granted.
As Kenyans head to general elections on 9 August 2022, attention is largely focused on a tight presidential race. However, many of the lower level races are also fiercely contested.
Kenya has had six multiparty elections since 1991 when the one-party state ended, following pressure from civil society and donors. All elections since then have been high-stakes ethnic contests.
Despite some improvement over the past decade, corruption in Kenya remains rampant: Kenya is ranked 128 among 180 nations in 2021 in terms of perceived corruption, after climbing from position 124 in 2020. Democratic elections are also meant to help keep malpractice and fraud under check. Regrettably, a number of those seeking elective seats in the coming elections have tainted integrity.
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