EU LAUNCHES ELECTION OBSERVER MISSION TO KENYA FOR AUGUST 8 POLLS

NAIROBI, The European Union (EU) Election Observation Mission to Kenya has been officially launched here with the Chief Observer, Marietje Schaake, saying that its main goal is to obtain an inclusive picture of the Aug 8 general election.

The team, comprising both long- and short-term observers, is in the country at the invitation of Kenyan authorities as well as the country’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

The mission has already deployed 30 long-term observers to different parts of the country to follow the electoral preparations and campaigns. It also plans to meet with major election stakeholders such as leaders, civil society, the IEBC and political parties and journalists.

After the elections, the mission will publish its initial findings in a preliminary statement to be issued shortly after the election.

A final and comprehensive report will be published after two months.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has assured the Observation Mission that Kenya is all set to conduct the Aug 8 presidential, parliamentary and county elections. All the institutions involved in ensuring that the elections are conducted smoothly have done their part in readiness for the exercise.

The elections will be held on Aug 8 as required by the Constitution and the Government has taken steps to ensure Kenyans exercise their democratic right and choose their leaders without interference, President Kenyatta said when he met the EU electoral observers here Sunday.

Assuring them that the polls would be peaceful, he added: We have also taken measures to ensure that the polls are credible, free and fair as well as ensuring that the country will be safe during and after the polls.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK