AFRICAN UNION OBSERVERS GIVE CLEAN BILL OF HEALTH TO KENYA’S REPEAT PRESIDENTIAL POLL

NAIROBI, The African Union (AU) election observation team to the repeat Kenyan presidential election held on Oct 26 a clean bill of health when its presented its preliminary findings here Tuesday.

The AU observers said the the mission saw the presiding officers and party agents signing the result forms and scanned forms sent to the National Tallying Centre set up by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) in Nairobi.

The AU observers said they also saw the relevant results recording forms being verified and they matched the data transmitted online. However, the mission noted that the election saw a low turnout of voters.

The AU observers team, led by former South African president Thabo Mbeki, called on parties aggrieved by the result of the repeat presidential poll to use legal avenues to air their grievances. The team said their final report will be released soon.

Separately, President Yoweri Museveni of neighbouring Uganda has congratulated President Uhuru Kenyatta for winning the fresh presidential election. Kenyatta also won the presidential poll in the Aug 8 general election, whose results were annulled by Kenya’s Supreme Court and which ordered a fresh vote.

President Museveni, writing on behalf of the East African Commission (EAC) sub-regional bloc, became the first foreign leader to congratulate President Kenyatta on his victory. Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza also congratulated President Kenyatta for his victory.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK