Out for the Count: The 1997 General Elections and Prospects for Democracy in Kenya

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M. M. E. M. Rutten, Alamin M. Mazrui, François Grignon
Fountain, 2001 - Political Science - 652 pages
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On 29 December 1997 Kenyans went to the polls to choose their president and parliamentary and civic representatives. Some earmarked the 1997 elections as perhaps the most important ones in the history of the country. This book presents a comprehensive analysis of the election from a local perspective. Specialists on Kenyan politics discuss both the national and local levels of politics in the country. Did the Likoni clashes favour the success of the local Shirikisho party at the coast? What went wrong for Charity Ngilu, Kenya's first presidental candidate, in her Ukambani backyard? How did the opposition win seats in the traditionally pro-KANU zones of the Rift Valley province? And how did the ruling party win in the Westlands constituency in Nairobi? The book also deals with the technical aspects of the 1997 elections such as registration, campaigning and vote counting. The expericences of a new model of election observation are also highlighted.

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Civil Society and the Election Year 1997 in Kenya
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The Churches and the Polls
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Extralegal Violence and the
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