The country has been in crisis regarding economic conditions and social issues. On Tuesday, August 8, 2017, the Kenyan population left their homes to vote for their next President amid the clouds of fear and terror.
The electoral conditions are poor and people have trust deficit issues when it comes to the transparency and reliability of elections. Accusations of rigging and the killing of top election official have led the process towards controversial grounds.
The 2 opponents contesting against each other are 55 years old President Uhuru Kenyatta and 72-years old former prime minister Raila Odinga. Both the political camps have tried to mellow down the violent and chaotic conditions with the aim of reinstalling the confidence of the public in the electoral system and work towards the stability of Kenya irrespective of what the results are.
The election commission of Kenya has also installed the biometric systems to ensure that no rigging or malpractices take place. The aim of ensuring stability after the results is significant because the mass protests and scenes of violence that took place in 2007 must not be repeated due to which a huge cluster of the population left the country. The police and security forces have been increased in numbers to ensure no undesirable events that take place. The highly populated cities of Kisumu and Mombasa have been experiencing a sense of tranquility which is either a sign of an upcoming storm or the silence of empty towns. People are fearful because of the mass atrocities of around 1300 people and destruction that took place back in 2007. Nearly 600,000 locals were displaced from their homes and separated from their family members.
While a sense of fickleness prevails across the nation, the news coming out regarding the results is not very favorable. There were polling stations where there was violence and voters had to face difficulties as their votes were not registered properly. Some constituencies did not receive voting material and equipment which caused the delay in results leading to accusations of vote tampering.
One of the biggest problems with democracies in third-world countries is the lack of any kind of accountability or answerability. The elected members feel that there are beyond the domain of any sort of questioning which leads to an undesirable political condition where non-democratic actors have to intervene to maintain the balance and equilibrium in the country. The lack of awareness regarding individual rights lead to public polarization and eventually causes unrest.