UN, AU call for peaceful poll in Kenya

UN, AU call for peaceful poll in Kenya

UN, AU call for peaceful poll in Kenya

The Supreme Court annulled the August 8 presidential poll on Friday, September 1, citing irregularities and illegalities and ordered a fresh election.

The opposition camp, led by Raila Odinga, has previously made similar comments despite President Uhuru Kenyatta's insistence on proceeding with the vote, which was scheduled after the Supreme Court nullified an August 8 election because of what it said were illegalities and irregularities.

He's demanding electoral commission reforms, including the sacking of key officials.

He said politicians continued to threaten his staff while commissioners voted against his agenda most of the time interfering with organisation of credible polls on October 26.

"Four Commissioners are taking instructions from State House, we can not go to an election with such people in office", said Raila, at a political rally at Kamkunji grounds in Nairobi last week.

Godec is appealing to Kenyans to "allow the best possible election", though he says he and his colleagues from other embassies recognize that opposition supporters have the right not to vote.

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Last Wednesday, Ms Odinga was allegedly part of a protest which led to a training session for election officials being disrupted in the opposition stronghold of Kisumu in western Kenya.

Godec said it is only the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) that can decide whether the Thursday poll will be credible and conducted according to the law as specified by Supreme Court.

Mudavadi said Monday's meeting was held with top diplomats from the United States, the European Union, Britain, Norway and Denmark at the request of the embassies.

In a joint statement, UN Secretary-General António Guterres and AU Commission Chairperson Moussa Mahamat, urged political actors, parties and their supporters to create conditions for peaceful election and refrain from any act of violence.

Kenyan authorities will arrest and charge the sister of opposition leader Raila Odinga with incitement to violence after attacks on the election board, the chief prosecutor's office said on Monday.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has finally met IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati, hours after he softened his stance ahead of the repeat election.

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