Introduction Welcome to the first edition of the Kenyan Vote Compass in the 2022 general elections! This website is designed to match a voter with a party based on the voter’s position on various policy issues as captured in the political parties’ manifestos. The vote compass allows Kenyans to find out how their views on issues they care about compare to the policies of the political parties presenting candidates for the 2022 general elections. The individual topics were selected depending on their relevance to Kenyans. Additionally, most of the issues selected have featured in various opinion polls as the issues that Kenyans care much about.
How does it work? Users take a quick survey of 34 questions under 9 broad policy categories namely economics, governance, education, healthcare, security, clean water, pollution, food security and inclusion. The questions are formulated to bring out the differences between party positions. The survey takes approximately 5 minutes and is easy to complete. Users are required to respond to statements by choosing “Strongly support,” “Support”, “Oppose” and “Strongly oppose”. In other statements the user is supposed to answer, “Strongly agree”, “Agree”, “Disagree” and “Strongly Disagree”. Finally, there are questions where the user will select given choices. On the results page, the compass will uncover to the user the political party most aligned to the user's political views, ordered, according to the percentage of agreement on the policy statements. At the top is the party whose policy positions match closest to the views of the user, down to the party with which he or she shares the fewest opinions.Disclaimer
Disclaimer The vote compass results are not intended as voting advice and should not be interpreted in that way. Nor are they a prediction of which party a given user intends to vote for. Rather, the vote compass is designed to serve as an entry point into an examination of how party positions differ on various policy issues and how they align with the user’s political views. The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has cleared 82 political parties as compliant to fill in candidates for the 2022 general elections. Among the political parties cleared only 16 have published manifestos and only 35 of them have websites. Since the statements in this vote compass are based on manifestos, the users will only be matched to those parties that have published their policy documents. When the user’s results are different from what the user might have expected, he or she is invited to carefully look at the individual policy positions of the political parties below.