Kenya’s end­less tryst with elec­toral vi­o­lence

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE -

The sorry tale of mis­man­age­ment of Kenyan elec­tions re­fuses to die down. In a new de­vel­op­ment, Kenyan po­lice has kick-started a search mis­sion for politicians from the Op­po­si­tion camp ac­cused of in­sti­gat­ing vi­o­lence in a Nairobi slum. The cur­rent cri­sis boiled over when Op­po­si­tion leader Raila Odinga re­jected the re­sults of elec­tions held in Au­gust this year, claim­ing that the elec­tronic vot­ing sys­tem was com­pro­mised. It was in 1992 that Kenya in­sti­tuted a multi-party democ­racy, and since then, six pres­i­den­tial elec­tions have been held. In 2013, the los­ing side had shown the grace of ac­cept­ing the re­sults. Oth­er­wise, re­sults in Kenya of­ten pre­cede an out­break of vi­o­lence across the na­tion.

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