Chairman of Kenya’s electoral Commission Wafula Chebukati has warned that it is difficult to guarantee that the upcoming presidential elections in the country will be credible because the electoral board is divided and officials who bungled the August elections have refused to step down.
Chebukati spoke hours after another commissioner resigned and fled the country citing political intimidation on Wednesday last week. Chebukati has called on political leaders to agree to dialogue to iron out, outstanding issues ahead of the elections.
With the re-run of elections set to take place on Wednesday Wafula Chebukati has revealed a bombshell.
Monday 23 October 2017 19:10
As Kenyans prepare to hold a re-run of presidential elections, 18 European countries, the European Union and the United States issued a joint statement on Monday (October 23) calling on political leaders to talk to each other and pursue any protests peacefully.
US Ambassador to Kenya, Robert Godec, urged politicians from all sides to respect the country’s constitution, warning them the current situation was ‘dangerous’ and must stop. – Reuters
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday assured the nation to offer heavy security on the day of the presidential poll re-run, and warned not to block anyone from voting. Addressing the nation during the 7th Mashujaa Day celebrations held at Uhuru Park in the capital Nairobi on Saturday, President Kenyatta, said there will be adequate security for those who are willing to vote and those who wish to keep off are at liberty.
The President and his deputy William Ruto used the celebrations to rally Kenyans to turn out and vote in the re-run.
“On this sacred day, as we celebrate, ordinary Kenyans who threw their sweat and blood and by the grace of God changed the destiny of our country, and today we owe them, our freedom, our independence, our democracy and most importantly our right to vote and choose,” said Ruto.
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