ELOG 2017 Press Statement on the prevailing Electoral Environment

Since the Supreme Court of Kenya (SCoK) annulled the presidential elections on September 1, 2017 and directed that new elections be held within 60 days of that date, a number of events and political activities have taken place whose sum total could potentially put the electoral process into a tailspin. As a platform for domestic election observation, representing and defending citizens’ interest in electoral processes, the horrendous challenges posed by the prevailing political and electoral dynamics are of grave concern to us

ELOG Statement on the Supreme Court Decision

The Elections Observation Group (ELOG) lauds the bold decision taken by the SCOK. Having consistently observed the electoral processes closely for the last 8 months and shared findings consistently, the ruling gives Kenyans and the concerned institutions another opportunity to conduct elections that will be credible, free and fair and in accordance with the laws of the country.

ELOG and the 2017 Elections – Explaining the E-Day Observation Process

A PVT is a proven methodology that allows nonpartisan, independent citizen observers to systematically assess the quality of voting and counting processes - and on that basis to accurately project voting outcomes and verify official election results as released by the Election Management Body (EMB) in the country. PVT utilize direct observations by trained observers and do not ask voters for opinions.

The 2017 ELOG PVT employed a nationally, representative sample of 1,000 polling stations from the official list of 40,883 polling stations gazette by the IEBC. These stations were stratified by county and constituency to ensure that it is descriptive of all of Kenya.

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VERIFICATION STATEMENT OF THE OFFICIAL 2017 PRESIDENTIAL RESULTS

For the purposes of Election Day (E-Day), ELOG deployed 8,300 observers across all 47 counties and 290 constituencies. Of these 1,703 Parallel Vote Tabulation (PVT) observers were specially trained and deployed to a nationally representative random sample of polling stations and three (3) county samples in Busia, Meru and Nairobi counties. ELOG will issue separate statements summarizing the findings for each county analysis

PRESS STATEMENT ON THE VOTING AND COUNTING PROCESSES

ELOG through its elaborate network of over 8000 stationary observers kept close vigil over the entire voting, closing and counting processes in all of the 47 counties and 290 constituencies. ELOG shared its findings on the opening of the polling stations process. We now wish to share with Kenya our findings on the voting, closing and counting processes based on reports from ELOG’s Parallel Vote Tabulation (PVT) observers.

OPENING SET-UP OF POLLING AND INCIDENTS STATEMENT

The ELOG PVT observers observed the opening and setup of the polling stations and were required to send information on the process. This statement is based on Observation and Incident Reports filed as of 11:00am by ELOG observers. ELOG has so far observed the following:

Towards the Home Stretch - Pre- Election Statement

Beyond the field activities, The ELOG Steering Committee (SC) and The Advisory and Peace Panel (APP) have continued to engage various stakeholders including the IEBC, Political Parties, the Media, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), and other observer missions both local and international in appraising the electoral environment.

ELOG LONG TERM OBSERVATION KEY FINDINGS IN THE MONTH OF JULY/AUGUST 2017

The report reflects many of the same positive and negative trends as the previous four reports. The systematically collected observer data showed the voter education efforts are still very thinly spread across the country and the political rhetoric has increased as the polling day approaches.

ELOG Press Release on the State of Preparedness

During the month ELOG report reflects many of the same positive and negative trends as the previous three reporting periods. Download the press release to read more.

Media monitoring for Hate Speech A Report release for May and June 2017

Media monitoring for Hate Speech: A Report release for May and June, 2017. 

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