For a long time, laws governing elections in Kenya were scattered in various Acts; a scenario, which presented a huge challenge to voters, political partiesand candidates, and those, tasked with the implementation of the law.
With the coming into force of the Constitution of Kenya, 2010, these scattered laws have since been revised and consolidated giving rise to two key pieces of legislations; the Elections Act and the Political Parties Act. A new addition is the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Act, which provides for the appointment of members of the Commission and management of the Commission.
The Handbook on Kenya’s Electoral Laws and System provides timely and invaluable one-stop reference to the electoral reforms recently undertaken in Kenya. By relating to international best practices, Conventions and special interest groups in elections, the Handbook is expected to broaden the reader’s understanding of election management and the institutionalization of democracy in Kenya and beyond.
It goes further to demystify the new form of representation in Kenya by elaborating the six elective positions and the minimum requirements for nomination or election of candidates, the pre-polling processes including the nomination process, the actual election day and post-polling activities such as election petitions.
The Handbook further gives an insight into the new requirements of political parties under the new constitutional dispensation and outlines the myriad of offences in the two Acts.