Importance of Citizen Participation in the Election Process in Kenya

David Sande Ouma *
FPFK Good Hope Secondary School, Nairobi, Kenya.
Periodicity:January - April'2023


After the repeal of Section 2A of the former constitution in 1992, which led to the pluralization of the country's politics, the stakes of all subsequent general elections have required the contribution of every individual to achieve a desired outcome. This has manifested itself during campaigns and the inclusion of different groups, such as women, men, youth, and persons living with disabilities. The thematic areas that highlight the significance of citizen participation in an election have been identified in this paper. These areas include avoiding post-election conflicts and violence, representing the citizens' ideas and aspirations, promoting inclusivity and eliminating marginalization, enhancing the legitimacy of the election, selecting office bearers, and serving as a catalyst for the nation's development. The paper emphasizes that in order to make meaningful strides towards cherishing and achieving national unity and tranquility, it is imperative to provide every person with an equal chance without prejudice.


Citizens, Election, Democracy, Power, Development.

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Ouma, D. S. (2023). Importance of Citizen Participation in the Election Process in Kenya. i-manager’s Journal on Humanities & Social Sciences, 3(1), 1-6.


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