Nairobi, 04-08-2017: IGAD has deployed an Election Observer Mission (IGAD-EOM) to Kenya in order to observe the general elections to be held on August 8th, 2017 during which voters will elect the President, Members of National Assemblies and County Governments.
The team of the IGAD-EOM to Kenya led by the Director of Peace and Security Division-IGAD, Amb. Tewolde Gebremeskel, arrived in Kenya on August 3rd.
The IGAD-EOM to Kenya is composed of 18 members from IGAD organization to be deployed to observe the elections. IGAD (Regional Economic Community) is deploying observers that have been properly trained and with experience to take the task of observation with the requisite efficiency and integrity.
The IGAD-EOM to Kenya is to be deployed in pre-selected deployment areas.
Prior to elections day, the IGAD-EOM to Kenya are to meet with officials of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission of Kenya, political parties, and other key stakeholders and hold consultations and briefings with relevant authorities.
The objective of the IGAD Election Observer Missions is to observe elections in member states in their efforts to conduct free and fair elections by providing positive and constructive feedback that would help to improve similar processes in the region. IGAD Election Observer Missions are meant to facilitate the gradual development of a democratic election culture in our region.
Source: Inter Governmental Authority on Development