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Youth Participation and Peaceful Elections in Kibra Sub-County, Nairobi City County, Kenya

Most nation-states have lost much of their control over matters that have significance in the lives of their citizens,
which means that politicians are not able to authentically represent their interests. . As much as engaging in politics
is important for the development of the country, youth are still not encouraged enough to be part of the change process.
The youth are mostly used to campaign and execute violence during elections. The main objective of this study was to
explore youth political participation and their role in promoting peaceful elections. This study employed survey and
phenomenological study designs. The target population consisted of all the youth in Kibra sub-County aged between
18 and 35 years. A total sample size of 144 youths was randomly picked from the sub-County. This research was
triangulated in terms of data collection methods and instruments. The researchers employed more than one data gathering
strategy to achieve their objectives. Data analysis was undertaken in line with the research questions beginning with a
thorough analysis of the raw data collected from the field. The study revealed that strategies used to empower the youth
were statistically significant to youth participation and peaceful elections in Kenya. The study concludes that strategies
used to empower the youth are positively related to youth participation and peaceful elections in Kenya. The study found
that youth unconventional and conventional participation status is positively related to the general youth participation
and peaceful elections in Kenya. The study also found that the conceptualization of political participation is positively
related to youth participation and peaceful elections in the country. The study recommends that the management of the
election exercises should incorporate strategies that improve youth participation in peaceful elections in Kenya.

 

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