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Marginalization and participation on the Kenya coast : the 2013 elections.

Willis, Justin and Chome, Ngala (2014) 'Marginalization and participation on the Kenya coast : the 2013 elections.', Journal of Eastern African studies., 8 (1). pp. 115-134.


At the coast, the run-up to Kenya's 2013 elections was dominated by fears of violence and the calls for a boycott by the secessionist Mombasa Republican Council. However, the elections passed off largely peacefully, and coastal turnout was significantly higher than in any previous election. This article argues that the secessionist campaign was internally incoherent, and undermined by divisions within the ‘coasterian’ community it claimed to represent; and that a politics of patronage encouraged electoral participation, particularly because so many levels of political office were being contested at the same time. Despite this participation, however, the sense of marginalization remains very powerful among many people at the coast.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Kenya, Elections, Coast, Politics, Secession.
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Publisher statement:This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Journal of Eastern African studies on 9/11/2013, available online at:
Date accepted:16 August 2013
Date deposited:22 May 2014
Date of first online publication:09 November 2013
Date first made open access:No date available

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