election FAQ

Elections in Kenya: 2017 General Elections


On August 8, Kenyans will vote for president, county governors, members of the Senate, representatives to the National Assembly (including women county representatives to the National Assembly), and members of county assemblies in a widely watched election.

In recent history, elections in Kenya have ignited popular unrest among disparate populations over what observers say are deep-seated historical disputes over land, as well as the related problem of the politicization of ethnic differences. A free, fair, and peaceful election can shift perceptions about the country’s embattled democratic institutions, and continue to forge national unity.

To help you understand this important electoral process, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) provides Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Elections in Kenya: 2017 General Elections. IFES FAQs include:

  • Why are the August 8 elections in Kenya so important?
  • What challenges has the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission faced in organizing these elections?
  • What technology will be used during the 2017 general elections?
  • What efforts have been made to ensure the physical safety of Kenyans who want to vote?