UN, AU call for peaceful election in Kenya

Lawrence Kim
October 23, 2017

Odinga's supporters disrupted a training session for election officials last week in the western city of Kisumu, which is his political stronghold.

When tendering his withdrawal, the Nasa leader said he was exiting the stage in order to give the electoral body time to prepare for a credible election which would include fresh nomination of candidates.

Speaking on behalf of a group of foreign ambassadors, Robert F. Godec said Monday that the electoral commission had addressed many concerns about its operations since the Supreme Court nullified an August 8 vote because of what it called irregularities and illegalities.

But Uhuru has insisted the exercise will take place and that every Kenyan has a right to vote or not vote.

She should be charged, along with senator Fred Outa and others, for obstructing an election official from performing his lawful duties, incitement to violence, and malicious damage to property, the office of the director of public prosecutions said in a letter to police.

Kenyan officials are asking for restraint ahead of an election Thursday that the main opposition group led by Raila Odinga says it will boycott.

The envoys have again also pleaded with President Uhuru Kenyatta not to through with the vow he made Monday morning by assenting amendments made to Kenya's election laws. "As a coalition we maintain that there will be no election on Thursday and the commission must pave way for meaningful reforms", the National Super Alliance (NASA) leader said.

"The suspects should immediately be charged", the letter said.

Kenyatta won that election but the Supreme Court last nullified the result, saying there had been procedural irregularities and a repeat must be held. President Uhuru Kenyatta, who was declared the victor in August, wants to push ahead with this week's vote even though the election commission head says he can not guarantee its credibility.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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