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Title:Ethnicity and/or issues? The 2013 general elections in Western Kenya
Editor:Wanyama, Frederick O.
Year:2014
Periodical:Journal of African Elections (ISSN 1609-4700)
Volume:13
Issue:2
Pages:169-195
Language:English
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:elections
2013
voting
ethnicity
social conditions
Abstract:It is often assumed that Kenyans vote on the basis of ethnic identification rather than the socio-economic and political issues affecting their lives. However, experience from earlier elections shows that issues and interests are important drivers in giving form and expression to identity politics. This article examines the interaction between ethnic identification and issue differentiation in the March 2013 general elections in Western Kenya by identifying factors that influenced the outcomes in the six simultaneous elections. The article is based on observation, interviews and data collected in a survey of four constituencies inhabited by Luo- and Luyia-speaking people in Western Kenya during the campaign period and immediately after the elections. The study suggests that while constituencies may have voted as a bloc along ethnic identification lines - especially with respect to national politics and the presidential election - their choices were also differentiated and informed by specific issues, especially at the county and constituency levels. Bibliogr., note, sum. [Journal abstract]
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