19 March 2013

Kenya: EU Observers to Monitor Poll Petition in Kenya

The European Union Electoral Observation Mission (EU EOM) says they will remain in Kenya until the Supreme Court delivers its rulings on election petitions filed by the Coalition for Reform and Democracy(CORD).

EU election observers say they are closely following the filing of the petitions challenging the outcome of the March 4 general elections."Impartial and expeditious handling of petitions, in a peaceful atmosphere, is an important part of every democratic electoral process." the mission said.

The Mission will also provide its assessment on the overall credibility and transparency of the polls after the petitions have been resolved. The Mission's final assessment will be presented by Alojz Peterle EU EOM chief observer in Nairobi approximately two months after the elections. The report is set to provide detailed information on the election process, and will include recommendations for future elections in Kenya.

In an initial comment, Peterle said the elections werecharacterized by huge society-wide push for peaceful, transparent and credible elections. Kenyans should be congratulated for their civic pride and responsibility, queuing for long hours to cast their vote," he said.

Alojz Peterle however faulted the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission for several delays during the tallying process while the participation of women as candidates was low.

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