Kenya: 2017 election dates set as fears of ‘hate speech’ grow

| December 21, 2015

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The rise in ethnically-charged “hate speech” threatens the electoral process, but presidential and parliamentary elections are still planned for August 8, 2017, the Kenyan electoral commission reported last week.

Kenyan parliament passed strict laws banning hate speech to prevent a repeat of the 2007 post-election violence in which more than 1,200 people were killed.

Ahmed Issack Hassan is chairman of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission. He says, “Free and fair elections cannot be held in an insecure environment. The commission therefore regrets the growing prevalence of hate speech that is polarizing the country.”

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