Lessons Learned Brief - Avoiding Violence and Enhancing Legitimacy: Judicial Preparedness for Handling Electoral Disputes in Kenya and Beyond

3 May 2017

The Brief (or Lessons Learned Brief), titled Avoiding Violence and Enhancing Legitimacy: Judicial Preparedness for Handling Electoral Disputes in Kenya and Beyond, explores IDLO’s support to the Kenyan judiciary to resolve electoral disputes. The 2007 electoral violence in Kenya demonstrated that disastrous consequences can follow when the electoral dispute resolution system is not trusted to deal fairly and efficiently with contested elections.

The Brief has found that the effective management of election petitions by the Kenyan judiciary was one of the key factors behind the relatively violent-free elections and peaceful transfer of power in 2013. It draws lessons from IDLO’s programs to build the capacities of the judiciary to handle electoral disputes ahead of the 2013 elections, exploring challenges and successes.

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