In August 2017, I had the opportunity and the privilege to be part of the Carter Center elections observation team to the general elections in Kenya. For the past few years, I have analyzed and commented on electoral processes in various countries. In the past, I have expressed reservations about electoral monitoring (see here) given my reservations about whether they can truly assess the quality of political processes. I hoped that my experience as an observer in Kenya would give me some insight about how the monitoring industry worked and how it at times struggled to take into account the political realities on the gr0und. I will soon share my thoughts about the recent elections in Kenya. Stay tuned!