First presidential election under the new constitution
The presidential election of Kenya will be held on 4 march in 2013. It was not long ago since the elections was planned to be held on August or December 2012. However the court ruled the elections to be later. The reason for this was that the court thought that the current ruling government should serve full term of five years. The upcoming presidential election will be the first under a new constitution.
Bad experience from the previous presidential election
The Kenyan presidential election will be under a special scrutiny since the previous presidential election in 2007 lead to crisis. President Mwai Kibaki was declared the winner but the supporters of his opponent Raila Odinga claimed electoral manipulation. This lead to huge violent demonstrations and escalated to racial violence in the country. The UN Secretary General Kofi Annan came to solve the situation and finally an agreement for power-sharing was signed between Kibaki and Odinga.
People in Kenya are anxious to vote in presidential election
The people of Kenya would have liked to vote for their president and have some legislators resign sooner and were disappointed that the court ruled for later presidential election. The general feeling is that the legislators are corrupt and lazy, not serving the best needs of the Country. Also the financial aspects of the people in power are being claimed as motivators for later elections.
New constitution may lead to a second round
The number of potential presidential candidates is quite big, around 20 at the moment. The new constitution states that there will be a second round of the presidential election if none of the candidates gets over 50% of votes. This is the first time for such a ruling.
Shadow Election Kenya wishing the best for the country
Thus it will be exciting times for Kenya. It is also a very exciting opportunity for Shadow Election to release its service in the presidential election of Kenya. The idea of the service is to help people to make voting decisions in democratic elections by showing ratable and sharable material of all candidates in form of video, text and pictures. People can rate candidate´s views and opinions as well as give virtual votes for the candidates and share them in Facebook for example.
We have been negotiating with potential partners in Kenya and are still searching entities in Kenya that would be interested for example to host Shadow Election service or take part in developing it and creating content. We will see how it all works out. Wether our service is suitable for Kenyans or not, we hope all the best for Kenyan country and hope that the presidential election will strengthen the nations citizens´ belief for the democracy in their country. Above all we wish Kenyan´s peace, liberty and well being.