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Will the 2022 Elections make any difference?

In Kenya today, we are faced with a myriad of challenges ranging from a biting economic crisis, to extreme corruption levels, to tribalism and megalomaniac policies. Will the outcome of the election portend anything significantly different? If so, in your opinion, what is likely to be different? If not, what opportunities do we have in the future to make a difference?

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  1. This election will make no difference since the leaders who were in the previous regime are still the one who are lively to be elected to continue with another regime in the next 5 years.

    This election will make no difference since the leaders who were in the previous regime are still the one who are lively to be elected to continue with another regime in the next 5 years.

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  1. This election will make no difference since the leaders who were in the previous regime are still the one who are lively to be elected to continue with another regime in the next 5 years.

    This election will make no difference since the leaders who were in the previous regime are still the one who are lively to be elected to continue with another regime in the next 5 years.

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  2. I believe this election will impact lots of different to us Kenyans depending on the leader we chose.

    I believe this election will impact lots of different to us Kenyans depending on the leader we chose.

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  1. First, the 2022 elections and the battle to succeed Kenyatta illustrate that Kenyan politics remains marked by unstable elite bargains that can reduce polarization in moments of crisis but also perpetuate inequality and weaken accountability for abuses of power. In a stark reversal from the past twoRead more

    First, the 2022 elections and the battle to succeed Kenyatta illustrate that Kenyan politics remains marked by unstable elite bargains that can reduce polarization in moments of crisis but also perpetuate inequality and weaken accountability for abuses of power.

    In a stark reversal from the past two elections, long-time opposition leader Odinga is entering the electoral contest as the de facto establishment candidate, with the support of the outgoing president and many of the country’s political heavyweights. In contrast, the deputy president Ruto—in power for the past ten years—has run a successful outsider campaign, presenting himself as the only alternative to the country’s ruling “dynasties.”

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  1. Elections in Kenya mostly determined by the bourgeoise.

    Elections in Kenya mostly determined by the bourgeoise.

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  2. the upcoming elections also highlight the limits of this logic of politics. First, weakly institutionalized coalition politics weaken democratic participation and inclusion. For example, political elites have repeatedly relied on insider negotiations to choose candidates for important elected positiRead more

    the upcoming elections also highlight the limits of this logic of politics. First, weakly institutionalized coalition politics weaken democratic participation and inclusion. For example, political elites have repeatedly relied on insider negotiations to choose candidates for important elected positions and used tactics such as zoning to avoid having candidates compete with others from within their coalition. Although such decisions may make electoral sense, late and opaque decisionmaking by parties and perceptions of favoritism have fueled discontent among party candidate hopefuls.

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  3. the August 2022 elections are taking place amid widespread economic discontent, with many Kenyans worried about food insecurity, unemployment, and the rising cost of living. Economic concerns have dominated the election agenda. At the same time, there are also signs of disillusionment among KenyansRead more

    the August 2022 elections are taking place amid widespread economic discontent, with many Kenyans worried about food insecurity, unemployment, and the rising cost of living. Economic concerns have dominated the election agenda. At the same time, there are also signs of disillusionment among Kenyans who doubt that campaign promises will produce tangible change, with young people in particular disengaging from the electoral process.

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    • The cost of living for many Kenyans also continues to rise. Last year, the government imposed tax hikes on basic commodities such as cooking oil and gas as well as on mobile phone and data usage. Since then, the prices of various food items have continued to soar, a trend that is particularly affecting low-income households. The conflict in Ukraine has exacerbated the problem, as Kenya imports about one-third of its wheat from Russia and Ukraine. In addition, Kenyans are now also grappling with record-high fuel prices and intermittent fuel shortages

      • As a result, economic concerns are shaping the election agenda more than in previous years, with each camp seeking to outline a plan for change. In some ways, the election is therefore testing the narrative that Kenyan elections are only shaped by ethnopolitical interests and affiliations. At the subnational level, past elections show that citizen assessments of government performance do play an important role in election outcomes; politicians who fail to deliver direct services to their constituents are often voted out. But even at the national level, it is likely that greater numbers of Kenyan voters, especially young ones, will consider their personal and the country’s economic outlook to determine if and for whom they will vote.

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