Policy Brief on Kenya Elections

Elections in Kenya often intersect with multiple pre-existing conflicts in the country, typically bringing the situation to a head. It is feared that the ongoing political tensions signal a high risk of violence in connection with the 2022 elections.

This policy brief puts the current conflict in context and presents reflections and recommendations from a series of dialogues among peace actors working across civil society in Kenya, facilitated by International Alert and the Kenyan Peace Actors Forum.

These dialogues sought to identify the peace and security challenges within the current operating context for those working on peacebuilding within civil society, government and the private sector. The findings of these dialogues were used to model different scenarios for peace and security in Kenya, as the country moves towards the 2022 elections.

This policy brief outlines the risks identified in those discussions and presents recommendations to the Government of Kenya, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and the wider community of peace actors, with a view to mitigating these risks.