EAC hails Kenya election, gives recommendations

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THE East African Community (EAC) Observer Mission to the Kenyan election has congratulated the people of Kenya for conducting a peaceful electoral process, the electoral commission for professional conduct and security agencies for ensuring law and order prevailed.

The Head of EAC Election Observer Mission (EOM), Professor Edward Rugumayo, expressed the missions’ contentment on the way the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) conducted itself throughout and observing the electoral process.

It restricted itself to the findings from pre-election and polling day observations. “The Mission is gratified to see that isolated incidents and late opening of stations in some areas did not overshadow the peaceful conduct of the elections … the Mission hopes that the same atmosphere will prevail … The Mission calls for patience from all Kenyans … appeals to all political players and candidates to accept the outcome of the elections.

In the event that there is reason to challenge the results, we urge the aggrieved persons to use the provided legal channels to resolve their disputes,” read the statement that was made available here.

The former Speaker of the Parliament of the Republic of Uganda said that EOM would continue to follow the electoral process, and the EAC will produce a comprehensive final report, providing an in-depth analysis of the Mission’s observations, findings and recommendations.

In its preliminary recommendations, EOM called upon IEBC to explore means and ways of reducing long hours being spent by both voters and the polling officials at the polling stations.

“The IEBC should also devise ways of decongesting the polling centres to enhance efficiency at the polling stations; registers of voters should be displayed at the polling stations in good time to allow voters to identify the specific polling stations; and the Mission encourages the IEBC to ensure all preparations including delivery of materials required for the opening of polls are available on time,” said Professor Rugumayo.

The deployment of EOM in EAC partner states is in line with the democratic principles and values espoused in the Treaty for the establishment of the EAC.

At the invitation of the IEBC of the Republic of Kenya and in accordance with the Standing Decision of the EAC Council of Ministers to observe elections in all EAC partner states.

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