Election Watch : Report 1

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Election Watch : Report 1

InformAction, May 2016: After Kenya held three by-elections at the beginning of the year, there has been an upsurge of public concern about the credibility and integrity of the electoral body, the Independent Election and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). This followed evidence of repeat errors and weaknesses in the electoral process associated with previously disputed elections.

ElectionWatch updates are designed to inform Kenyans about the state of electoral readiness in the lead-up to the 2017 general election, and prompt public debate and conversation about the credibility of the electoral process.

Report #1 details InformAction observations in the three recent by-elections in Bomet (February 12), Kericho (March 7), and Malindi (March 7), including video clips of the campaign period, polling day and difficulties for voters (click on  highlights for video). It also shows video footage of recent protests, led by the opposition, demanding the removal of the electoral body.

Summary Alert:  Despite positive performance in many of the polling stations, there were a number of conspicuous violations of electoral rules before and during the vote which undermined the credibility of the IEBC in the Bomet, Kericho and Malindi by-election, including:

  • Use of state resources for campaign purposes
  • Missing names on the voting register
  • Obstruction and intimidation of monitors and observers
  • Voter bribery
  • Poor use of security forces
  • Delays in announcing results
  • Ill-equipped polling stations
  • Absence of voter education

Background:  In 2013, Kenya held a milestone election, a poll that was meant to mark the beginning of a new era. It was the first general election since the 2007-2008 post-election violence and the first to be administered under a new constitution, a recently reformed set of electoral laws and a new electoral management body. Unfortunately, the administration of the 2013 election was marked by many of the same problems that had marred previous national polls and which had been signalled as problematic by the body tasked with independently assessing the administration of the 2007 election, known as the Kriegler Commission.

Some of the most notable issues in 2013 were:

  • The use of multiple voter registers, with shifting totals of registered voters
  • Non-functional electronic voter identification kits
  • Non-functional electronic results transmission systems
  • The use of error-ridden tallying sheets, some of which were lacking requisite signatures
  • The lack of consistent communication from the IEBC to the public throughout the process

In the days after the 2013 election, a section of Kenyan civil society challenged the integrity of the electoral process in the Supreme Court. The Court ultimately ruled against petitioners and upheld the election results. The result was very divisive, and Kenyans have struggled to re-establish a sense of national unity since that time.

As the 2017 election approaches, the credibility of the electoral management body, the IEBC, is under intense public and judicial scrutiny. Questions surrounding the legitimacy and future of the IEBC have brought societal divisions to the surface, with supporters from rival parties holding protests and counter-protests in front of IEBC offices. The extent of division and frustration displayed  across Kenya is rooted in the history of compromised electoral processes and ethnic balkanisation. Some sections of the population feel permanently locked out of any meaningful political or economic dispensation. The recent protests provide a stark warning of how dangerous the 2017 general election could be, if there is no public confidence in the electoral body.

Methodology: InformAction is accredited with media and election observer status. It utilises seven field teams embedded in Kericho (South Rift), Maralal (Northern Kenya), Kisii (Western Nyanza), Kisumu (Nyanza), Nyeri (Central), Garissa (North Eastern Kenya) and Mombasa (Coastal Region), and a mobile observer team from the support base in Nairobi.

The teams are using a combination of systematic and spot-checking observations during the pre-election period and on the election day environments, including video documentation. InformAction observers witness and document the application of constitutional standards and election regulations. Observers use qualitative methods based on interviews, observations and document analysis, using stratified and random sampling, monitoring the experiences and actions of voters, election officials and security personnel, as well as any other actors or participants involved in the electoral process, during the pre-election, election and post-election periods. See list of polling stations attached. During the monitoring, the teams use social media internally to coordinate movements and relay the findings in the area covered. Legal advice and research services are available to the observers at all times. The field teams also benefit from their extensive local knowledge and networks in the counties (see www.information.tv)

 

Bomet, Kericho and Malindi by-elections

The three by-elections in February and March effectively marked the start of the 2017 pre-election period, following the announcement of IEBC Chairman Issack Hassan on December 10th, 2015 that the next general election would be held on August 8th, 2017.

Bomet County, South Rift Valley:  In October 2015, Cecilia Towett, Member of the Bomet County Assembly, Nyangores Ward, died in a car accident. The by-election to fill this seat took place on 12 February 2016.

Table 1: Nyangores Ward By-Election Results

Political Party

Candidate

Results

People’s Patriotic Party of Kenya (Mashinani)

David Maritim

4726

Jubilee Alliance Party (JAP)

Richard Leitich

2480

Citizens Convention Party

Benard Terer

51

 

Table 2: Nyangores Ward Statistics

Number of Registered Voters

11,312

Voter Turnout

71.3%

Number of Polling Stations

30

 

Kericho County, South Rift Valley: In November 2015, President Uhuru Kenyatta appointed Kericho County Senator Charles Keter to be the Secretary of Energy. The by-election to fill the resulting vacancy was held on 7 March 2016

Table 3: Kericho Senate By-Election Results 

Political Party

Candidate

Results

Jubilee Alliance Party (JAP)

Aaron Cheruiyot

109,358

KANU

Paul Sang

56,307

National Vision Party

Daniel Tanui

722

Maendeleo Democratic Party

Wycliffe Ngenoh

497

United Democratic Movement

Paul Sigei

473

New Democrats

David Mutai

427

 

Table 4:Kericho County Statistics

Number of Registered Voters

293,463

Voter Turnout

57.7%

Number of Polling Stations

623

 

Malindi County, Coast Region:  A by-election was held on 7 March 2016 to fill the National Assembly seat made vacant by the appointment of Dan Kazungu, Secretary for Mining , 18 December 2015

Table 5: Malindi National Assembly By-Election Results

Political Party

Candidate

Results

Orange Democratic Party (ODM)

Willy Mtengo

15,582

Jubilee Alliance Party (JAP)

Philip Charo

9,243

Labour Party of Kenya

Attas Shariff Ali

1,547

KADU-Asili

Reuben Katana

353

Social Party of Kenya

David Kithunga

68

Federal Party of Kenya

Nelson Gunga Benjamin

35

Chama Cha Uzalendo

Peter Ponda

26

 

Table 6: Malindi Constituency Statistics

Number of Registered Voters

55,853

Voter Turnout

48.1%

Number of Polling Stations

58

 

Main findings:  ElectionWatch presents an overview of general performance, followed by an analysis of the most significant problem areas.

Positive indicators: In Kericho, the distribution of ballot boxes went smoothly, and the majority of polling stations opened on time. In most of the polling stations observed, IEBC staff were effectively organized and did a commendable job of explaining procedures for counting and sorting of ballot papers. Only one polling station reported results late. The remainder all reported results in a timely fashion. InformAction observers also noted that preparations and procedures seemed to be in good order in Bomet. Voting generally proceeded smoothly.

 

Challenges: InformAction also observed significant challenges during the by-elections:

(1) Use of state resources for campaign purposes

Article 91(2)(e) of the Kenyan constitution prohibits political parties from using public resources to promote its own interests. Specifically, it states that a political party shall not:

                    except as is provided under this Chapter or by an Act of Parliament, accept or use public resources to promote its interests or its candidates in elections.

 

InformAction teams observed the following violations:

  • Bomet County staff attended Mashinani (Peoples Patriotic Party of Kenya) rallies.
  • Bomet County vehicles were used to transport staff members to and from the Mashinani rally.
  • Bomet County personnel provided security at the Itembe Secondary School polling station.
  • In Kericho, the Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Charles Keter, was the main Master of Ceremonies at the County Tallying Center.

(2) Violence and intimidation

Article 81(e)(ii) of the Kenyan constitution states that free and fair elections are to be “free from violence, intimidation, improper influence or corruption.”

InformAction observed:

  • In Nyangores, the InformAction Kericho team confirmed that Mashinani (Peoples Patriotic Party of Kenya) supporters severely beat a Jublilee Alliance Party (JAP) agent who was allegedly attempting to bribe voters.The police were reluctant to take the victims statement.
  • Bomet Governor Isaac Rutto’s supporters attempted to storm the tallying center in Nyangores; the police used teargas. Mr. Rutto physically threatened policemen in retaliation.
  • A group of youth blocked a JAP convoy at a Kericho rally, escalatingtension in the area
  • At Malindi Central Primary School Polling Centre, Presiding Officer Caleb Mogere was confronted by Governor Hassan Joho when he re-stated allegations that Kabete MP Ferdinand Waititu was bribing voters. Joho stormed the centre, forcing security officers to shoot in the air.
  • Malindi Central Primary School Polling Centre turned into a confrontation ground between Jubilee and ODM politicians, including Johnston Muttama, Ababu Namwamba, Millie Odhiambo, James Orengo, and AdenDualle. This delayed voting, with only 272 voters out of 778 registered having voted in Stream 3 of Malindi Central by 3pm.
  • There were tensions and disruptions among youth over voter bribery claims at Mtangani Primary School Polling centre (Malindi) at around 11.30am. The IEBC officials, caught between the two camps, appeared helpless. Similarly, at Sir Ali Bin Salim Centre (Malindi), IEBC officials appeared helpless when ODM politicians temporarily disrupted voting by engaging the presiding officer on the bribery allegations.

(3) Obstruction of observers

The IEBC’s Guidelines and Code of Ethics for Election Observers states that the IEBC will accord accredited observers access to polling stations, tallying venues, and IEBC national and local offices. The Guidelines also state that accredited observers will receive cooperation from all election officials and have protection from the Kenyan police. It clearly states that accredited domestic election observers have the right to be present during counting and tallying processes. InformAction teams observed the following violations of the Code of Ethics:

  • In Nyangores, the IEBC Returning Officer exhibited hostility towards InformAction teams and refused to be interviewed by the Kericho team.
  • In Nyangores, the InformAction Team was asked to leave the tallying center before all the ballot boxes had been distributed. There were no other independent observers or witnesses present at this stage of distribution.
  • The Kericho team videographer was effectively held captive by a group of about twenty men who surrounded her while she was filming a Mashinani rally, and intimidated her physically  for more than half an hour.
  • The Kericho team leader was physically assaulted when he attempted to assist the videographer.
  • An InformAction tape detailing the movements and use of County vehicles during the campaigns was seized by the group of youth and given to County Government officials.
  • The Nairobi InformAction team was initially prevented from acquiring press badges, despite being accredited as observers, until InformAction directly appealed to IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba. This was in marked contrast to the treatment of the local Kericho InformAction team, whose members were able to acquire the necessary badges directly from the Tallying Center in Kyogong.
  • At Moi Girls Kipsitet Secondary School in Kericho, the Presiding Officer in Stream 1 demanded that InformAction observers (who displayed IEBC badges) produce further letters of observer accreditation. The presiding officer claimed there were guidelines to this effect, but was unable to produce them. He restricted the observers’ movements and claimed that continuous filming was not permitted.

(4) Voter identification errors

The problem of voters finding their names missing from the register on voting day blighted the 2013 elections. This was also a feature of the 2016 by-elections. It also transpired that IEBC was still using the old 2013 register, despite encouraging new voters to register.

Regulation 59 (4) specifies that a person may only vote if his/her name is on the register in the same location that person originally registered to vote:

No person shall vote in a polling station other than that in respect of which that person is registered to vote.

There is no specific rule or guidance regarding how to deal with missing names.

InformAction teams observed the following problems for voters:

  • In Malindi, many voters who had registered after 2013 were not permitted to vote. This problem was common in polling centres, and particularly evident in Mashamba Primary School, where the Presiding Officer attempted to tell those who had registered after 2013 not to queue.
  • In Nyangores, a party agent could not find his name in either the electronic or manual registers. The problem could not be solved at the polling station. Three other voters, who experienced the same, were referred to another Polling Stations when their details were not found in the register at Itembe Polling Station.
  • In Malindi, there were cases of voters’ names missing from the Electronic  Voter Identification (EVIDs), but being included in the manual register.
  • There were also cases where voters were referred to different streams or polling centres. This demoralized voters, especially those who were forced to queue twice.
  • In Malindi, ERTS failed to function in some polling stations, sometimes for periods of about 10 minutes at a time. Such cases were witnessed in Kijiwetanga Primary School and Mtangani Pema Primary-stream 2 School. In Mtangani Primary School (Stream 3), Presiding Officer Prisca Nyevu Menza said the ERTS failed to work for 30 minutes and had to be replaced. In all cases, compensation time was not provided, so voters had less time available for voting.
  • In Kericho, the IEBC was using the 2013 Register, which locked out all voters who had registered after 2013. IEBC officials told InformAction teams that civic education had been conducted on this issue; voters said they had not received such information.
  • At Moi Girls Kipsitet Secondary School in Kericho, InformAction noted that both Stream 1 and Stream 2 were using the same register. This caused confusion and anxiety for voters.
  • In most polling stations, InformAction observers found cases of names missing from the EVID. In cases where a voter’s name was found in either the manual register or the EVID, their vote was allowed. There were several cases in which voters were told they were in the wrong polling station. These voters had to go to the designated station.
  • At Nyaberi Primary School, Emily Leitich said she had registered, but her name was missing. She was not allowed to vote.
  • At Taiywet Primary School, Mary Chepketer Chirchir’s name was missing from the register, and she was told to go to Kapkebei Primary School Polling Station, where she had initially registered. Her details were also missing from Kapkebei, and she was not permitted to vote.
  • Juliana Ngeno, who had walked 5 KM from Kapkebei after being referred there, found that her information was missing. She could not vote.

(5) Delayed announcement of results

Delays in announcing the results caused tension. InformAction teams observed:

  • In Nyangores, one polling station was slow to release results, despite the fact 29 out of 30 polling stations had reported results by 11pm. The delay caused anxiety and tension in that area.
  • Results from Koilsir Primary School in Kericho were delayed for eight hours. The Presiding Officer said the delay was caused by problems with the transport vehicle.
  • The Results Transmission System failed in Kericho. Despite the fact 45 polling stations had reported results, the electronic screen showed only three sets of results. The IEBC’s technology experts said that the failure was due to the poor network in the area.

(6) Vote buying allegations

Article 91(2)(d) of the Kenyan constitution explicitly forbids election-related bribery. It states that a political party shall not:

engage in bribery or other forms of corruption

InformAction teams observed:

  • In Bomet County, a group of approximately 15 people complained to IFA observers that Nairobi Women’s Representative Rachel Shebesh was bribing voters. InformAction observers were unable to confirm this.
  • Mashinani and JAP party representatives, agents and voters all alleged vote buying related to the Nyangores by-election.
  • There were allegations of vote buying - cash handouts - from a van belonging to Bomet County.
  • There were allegations that a United Republican Party (URP) office holder was bribing voters in shopping centres; this was not witnessed by InformAction. When it was brought to the attention of the IEBC Regional Coordinator, he dismissed the allegation and claimed that the Senator had been “socializing.”
  • In Kericho, InformAction witnessed cash hand-outs during tours of urban areas.
  • In Malindi, business people and politicians handed out money in the vicinity of the polling stations. There were also instances of groups of people crowding around cards which were parked just outside polling centres. These allegations were levelled mainly against JAP. There were also allegations of vote buying in Sir Bin Ali Salim Primary School, where Mr. Joseph Karume was arrested with about Ksh 200,000.

(7) Absence of press and party agents

In Bomet, InformAction observed:

  • No press present to witness the opening of the ballot papers.
  • No party agents to witness the opening of the ballot papers. Some party leaders later confided that agents were being trained for poll observation at this time.

(8) Inadequate security

InformAction teams noted that:

  • In Malindi, there was a delay in the arrival of police escorts. The security officers arrived in batches, in inadequate numbers. By 9.00 pm, there were more than 15 vehicles without security escorts.
  • In Bomet and Kericho, police seemed poorly trained and poorly motivated to handle crowd control.

(9) Poorly-equipped polling stations

  • In Kericho, there were several cases of IEBC polling station banners displaying either incorrect information or no information.
  • Poor lighting in many of the polling stations
  • In Malindi, observers found that classrooms which were meant to be used as polling stations on the following day were not marked as such and could not be identified.
  • In Malindi, all polling stations had IEBC banners, but most did not have the name and code of the polling centre indicated on the banner.

(10) Inconsistencies in handling of ballot boxes

The current regulations do not explicitly address transport of ballot boxes to the polling stations. InformAction noted:

  • In Nyangores, the InformAction teams followed the vehicles carrying ballot boxes to polling stations. The Nairobi InformAction team witnessed certain IEBC vehicles stopping to buy food; yet the IEBC Regional Coordinator had explained that IEBC regulations limited the staff to food provided at the tallying center.
  • In Malindi, two InformAction teams trailed the ballot boxes from the tallying Centre to the two identified polling centres: Maji Lango Baya Primary School and Mashamba Primary School. The teams noted the following:
  • After a 1km drive from the tallying centre, the vehicle ferrying the staff and elections materials made a stop of about 10 minutes. The reason for this stop was unclear to the team.
  • The IEBC officers, including the Presiding Officer and clerks did not know the area well. There was delay in setting up the station.
  • The IEBC staff did not have keys to the classrooms.
  • There were no lights in the classrooms used as polling centers.
  • The security guards in the schools did not have torches, further worsening the security situation in the polling station.
  • There was insufficient security at St. Andrew primary school, Malindi Town Primary School, Sir Bin Ali Salim Primary school and Gahaleni Primary School. This security concern was eventually solved after the intervention of IEBC commissioners led by its chairman Issack Hassan.

(11) Absence of voter education

The regulations concerning voter education in Kenya are clear. Article 40 of the Elections Act 2011 mandates the IEBC to “establish mechanisms for the provision of continuous voter education and cause to be prepared a voter education curriculum.” The Elections Regulations 2012 also mandates the IEBC to establish voter education committees across the country. Specifically, Articles 4-10 of the Act state that the IEBC “shall establish a National Voter Education Committee and constituency committees”. The National Committee is responsible for voter education strategies, curriculum, materials, monitoring and evaluation, collaboration with other stakeholders and oversight of the constituency committees. Article 12 specifies that constituency committees are responsible for overseeing and advising on the coordination and implementation of voter education programmes at the constituency level.

  • In Kericho, voters told InformAction observers they had not received any voter education

(12) Use of voter assistance

Article 72 of the Elections Regulations, 2012 states that a voter who is disabled or who is illiterate may receive assistance from a person the voter chooses, as long as that person is not a candidate or a party agent. If the voter is unaccompanied, the presiding officer shall provide the assistance, in the presence of party agents. The person who assists the voters must sign an oath of secrecy, and the presiding officer must record the assistance in the polling station register.

InformAction teams observed:

  • A lack of clarity regarding assistance for voters. At Kapkwen Polling Station, Nyangores, it took 30 minutes for the Presiding Officer and party agents to agree on the ground rules for how voter assistance should be handled.
  • In Malindi, there were many cases of assisted voters; voter illiteracy was often given as the reason. In Ziwani Primary School, the overwhelming majority of voters who had voted by 10.00 am were assisted. In Mede Polling Station (code no.038), Presiding Officer Conrade Kitimo remarked that “90%” of the voters in the polling station were assisted. He declared it  “unusual”.

(13) Role of party agents

Article 62 of the Elections Regulations, 2012 states that the presiding officer can regulate the number of voters in a polling station at any one time. If necessary, the presiding officer can exclude all other persons, with the exception of candidates, authorized agents, members of the IEBC, police officers on duty, persons who are assisting voters with special needs, and observers and representatives of the media.

InformAction teams noted:

  • In Nyangores JAP agents were threatened with eviction from the polling station because they had not signed the IEBC oath

Recommendations

  1. In order to promote and support credible elections in Kenya, InformAction recommends the following to the electoral management body :Update the voter register as a matter of priority, this would prevent unfairly disenfranchising voters. Consider additions to the elections regulations to allow registered voters whose names fail to appear to file an official complaint at the polling station. InformAction notes that the credibility of the register was key in the recommendations issued by the post-2008 conflict Kreigler Commission report, as well as having been a fundamental concern in the civil society petition challenging the 2013  election process in the Supreme Court.
  2. Address continuing problems with the Electronic Results Transmission System (ERTS). ERTS should be credibly tested, and back-up plans devised and shared. InformAction notes that poor performance of the ERTS in 2013 was flagged in observer and press reports to be the result of compromised procurement processes, inadequate preparation and poor use of resources.
  3. Use resources to properly and visibly equip all polling stations, including all essential banners, official markings, and supply of network and lighting.
  4. Urgently address reasons for delays in announcement of results, in a transparent and informative manner. InformAction underlines the risk of tension and anxiety around the inconsistent delays in announcing results, which has led to crisis and conflict in previous elections.
  5. The IEBC and other national stakeholders should aggressively confront the issue of vote buying. Allegations should be promptly investigated, and perpetrators prosecuted to halt a culture of voter bribery that is being treated as a “norm”.
  6. Train IEBC officials on observer and monitor rights, and ensure strict implementation and respect of those rights. Observers should not be obstructed or prevented from working; processes of accreditation should be simple, clear and accountable. No discrimination should be made in process or treatment between local observers, Nairobi observers, and international observers.
  7. Strengthen and publicise IEBC’s voter education committees so that countrywide voter education is a reality, and voters can use the committees as a resource. Voter education committees should be equipped for continuous and effective outreach in the communities they serve.
  8. Ensure a countrywide voter registration drive is effected in all communities and regions without delay or discrimination.                                                                                              InformAction makes the following recommendations to other national stakeholders:
  9. The judiciary, the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Commission on Administrative Justice must enforce the law regarding illegal use of state resources for election campaigns. Government officials who use state resources to support a party or for campaign purposes must be sanctioned.
  10. Police require training to provide election-related security throughout all election phases, starting with appropriate security at campaign events. Security on voting day should be provided by the police without the presence or use of the military.
  11. Better coordination of security forces, including standards of conduct, in the counties is necessary. InformAction notes that police displayed no serious commitment in the by-elections to respond adequately and professionally to election-related complaints and incidents.
  12. Party agents need comprehensive training to enable them to detect and relay issues as soon as they occur.Bomet County Government should be held accountable for the intimidation of InformAction monitors, and the confiscation of the InformAction video tape.

 

InformAction observer teams monitored the following polling stations:

Nyangores Ward West, Bomet County:

Itembe Primary School

Kaptembwo Primary School

Kagawet Primary School

Kapkwen Primary School

Kaplele Primary School

Kimatsio Primary School

Kyogong Primary School

 

Nyangores Ward East, Bomet County:

Metipso Primary School

Cheboryot Primary School

Kimenderit Primary School

Kiprichait Primary School

Koitab Silibwet Primary School

Tebeswet Primary School

Koitabeck Primary School

Kapkesosio Primary School

Kerundut Primary School

 

Sigowet Soin Constituency, Kericho County:

Moi Girls Kipsitet Primary School

Moi Kipsitet Primary School

Latigo Primary School

Koitabut Primary School

Kejiriek Primary School

Thesalia Polling Station

Chebirir Primary School

Nyaberi Primary School

Kabosenwa Primary School

Kaitui Primary School

Kongerene Primary School

Taiywet Primary School

Kapkebei Primary School Stream 1 & 2

Kapsewa Primary School

Cheptarit Primary School

Tuiyobei Primary School

 

Kipkelion West Constituency, Kericho County:

Lelechwet Nursery

Ngendalel Primary School

Tunnel Primary School

Bararket D.O.S

Chilchila Primary School

Kipkelion Primary School

Barsiele Primary School

Blue Hills Primary School

Sugutek Primary School

 

Kipkelion East Constituency, Kericho County:

Kaplambo Tea Buying Centre

Londiani Primary School

Chepseon Polytechnic

Chepkongony Primary School

Kapleba Market

Kipsirchet Primary School

Londiani Boys Primary School

Masaita Primary School

Kaptich Primary School

 

Ainamoi Constituency, Kericho County:

St Patrick Primary School

Chepkutung Primary School

Kerego Primary School

High Lands Primary School

Kericho Rehabilitation Centre

Kapcheplanga Primary School

Kaisugu Centre

Kipchebor Primary School

 

Bureti Constituency, Kericho County:

St. Kizito’s School for the Deaf

Chemosot Youth Polytechnic

Getarwet  polling station

Kabartegan Primary School polling station

Roret Primary School

 

Malindi Constituency: Kilifi County

H.G.M Malindi Primary School

ST. Andrew Primary School

Takaye Primary School

Gahaleni Primary School

Mashamba Primary School

Sir Ali Bin Salim Primary School

Airport Primary School

Kijiwetanga Primary School

Majivuni Primary School

Mtangani Pema Nursery

Malindi Central Primrary School

Ganda Primary School

Ziwani Primary Polling Station

Mere Primary School

Kwa Upanga Primary Polling Station

Kakuyuni Primary School

Mmangani Primary School

Madunguri Primary School

Kavunyalalo Primary Polling Station

Jirole Primary Polling Station

Pishi Mwenge Primary Polling Statiton

Sosobora Primary Polling Station

Sosoni Primary School

Mwangaza Nursery School

Maji Lango Baya Secondary School

 

About InformAction

InformAction is a dynamic social justice organization that uses film and community discussions to encourage ordinary people to speak out and take action. We operate through mobile local field teams – using a car, screen, projector and camera - to show social justice films to thousands of ordinary people throughout Kenya every week. Experienced activists and facilitators lead community discussions on justice and governance, while field videographers film the discussions and record local human rights abuses.

In an environment that has become increasingly hostile to civil society and freedom of expression, we use our unique methodology to by-pass control, corruption and censorship and provide alternative sources of information and leadership. We reach out to all communities and classes, and reject all forms of economic, social and political discrimination.

Our Vision: An informed and empowered society that speaks truth to power and demands accountability and social justice.

Our Mission: To inform and empower communities in Kenya in order to catalyze public debate and action for a just and accountable society.

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