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BBI reforms will exacerbate Kenya's political divides

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Significance

Kenyatta and Odinga claim the reforms will mitigate Kenya’s winner-takes-all political culture. Critics allege they aim simply to shore up an emerging Kenyatta/Odinga coalition ahead of the 2022 elections.

Impacts

  • The rush to draft new legislation and organise the referendum will divert government attention away from other priorities.
  • It may not be possible to realise the reforms in time for electoral authorities to adjust their preparations, thus risking a poll delay.
  • Expansions to women’s representation aim in part to allay judicial complaints that rules on gender balance are not currently respected.
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