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Kenya Elections 2017: Barriers and Opportunities to Participation

International Republican Institute
Aug 15 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am

The International Republican Institute  
cordially invites you to

a panel discussion on   

Kenya Elections 2017:
Barriers and Opportunities to Participation

Tuesday, August 15, 2017
 10:00am – 11:30am

International Republican Institute
Ronald Reagan Events Center
 1225 Eye Street NW, Suite 800 
 Washington, D.C., 20005

Moderated by:

Kate Almquist Knopf
Director, Africa Center for Strategic Studies

Panelists include:
John Tomaszewski

Director, Africa Division
International Republican Institute

Gabrielle Bardall
Specialist, Inclusive Political Processes

Adrienne LeBas 
Associate Professor, Department of Government
American University

Jonas Claes 
Senior Program Officer, Preventing Election Violence
United States Institute of Peace

On August 8, Kenyans go to the polls to vote in general elections against a backdrop of mounting political tensions, increased competition, and fears of electoral violence. A key factor in the second election since the advent of devolution is how the 2010 Constitution’s provisions for inclusion are borne out.  Women, youth, persons with disabilities and ethnic minorities continue to face unique barriers to political participation,  including increased vulnerability to electoral violence and conflict.

Join us as the panel reflects on the outcomes of the elections and analyzes the opportunities and barriers presented to marginalized groups in the electoral context. Panelists will also explore the conflict dynamics around Kenyan electoral and political processes as they relate to traditionally marginalized groups and analyze the findings of IRI’s year-long assessment of barriers to their political participation.