Kenya key to regional stability – AU team
Political players in Kenya have been urged to ensure that they uphold the rules of elections with only days left before the polls.
Africa Union Observer mission says this will be key in ensuring stability post the poll not just in Kenya but the entire East African region.
This was said in Nairobi, Thursday, by former Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma, who is heading the joint AU- COMESA Election Observer Mission to Kenya.
“We should measure this election against the electoral laws of Kenya. Tension and anxiety if not well managed can lead to violence,” noted President Koroma during the launch of the mission.
Kenya goes to the polls on Tuesday, August 9th 2022, where over 22 million registered voters are expected to cast their votes. The electorates will be deciding on six key electoral positions namely president, governor, senator, woman member of national assembly, member national assembly and county member of assembly.
Already the elections management body the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has indicated it is well prepared to carry out the poll. The commission adds that it is in the final phase of distributing polling materials across the country ahead of Tuesday.
The AU- COMESA Election Observer Mission to Kenya are part of the global teams already in Kenya to monitor the polls.
“I strongly believe that our joint mission will make valuable recommendations to stabilize strong democratic space in Kenya,” added President Koroma during the launch.
Speaking at the same launch, Marrie Pierre Lloyd, a member of the COMESA Committee of Elders and deputy head of the joint mission emphasized the need for continued stability in Kenya before, during and after the polls. Noting that the mission will carry out its duties diligently.
“We COMESA observation team will perform our duties diligently and responsibly in Kenya,” she added.
The Kenyan presidential elections have narrowed down to two leading contenders; William Ruto, the current deputy president and opposition Chief Raila Odinga. Opinion polls carried in the recent weeks though putting Odinga on the lead, indicate that no candidate so far pulls the 50 +1 per cent requisite to be declared president.
Odinga also enjoys the backing of outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta who has fallen out with his deputy Ruto.
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