n African Renaissance - The structural violence of elections s on the post-electoral crisis in Kenya

Volume 5 Number 3-4
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305


This article takes a close look at and discusses the phenomenon of violence that has accompanied elections in many African countries in recent years. The key issue that the article seeks to explore is whether electoral processes that are corrupted, distorted or procedurally flawed are in fact theatres and instruments of structural violence. Making special reference to the large scale violence seen after the disputed December 2007 general elections in Kenya, the article finds that what this post-electoral crisis demonstrated is the need for continuous systematic analysis and research on the most effective way to govern Africa's multiethnic societies, such as Kenya. It argues that the elections were a mere trigger of a deep-seated structural violence in Kenya. It therefore concludes that in order to avoid such upheavals in the future, there must be inclusive and representative governments that uphold the principles of social justice and equitable sharing of power between the various ethnic groups of the country.

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