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EU election observers present their report

29 May 2013, 18:09 Abdimalik Ismail

Nairobi - Overall conduct of general election was a success but there are several lessons learnt, the European Union election Observation mission (EU EOM) has said.

The observer group which followed Kenya‘s electoral process from January presented its final report on Wednesday at Sarova Stanley hotel.

“During the challenging election, we had many positive achievements that Kenyans can be justly proud of, but we also observed several issues that need to be addressed in future,” Chief Observer Alojz Peterle said during the press conference.

“I sincerely hope that the success of achieving a peaceful election will move Kenya forward” he added.

The EU EOM‘s final report reiterated the mission’s preliminary statement about the integrity of election day procedure.

However, it added that processing of result lacked the necessary transparency, as party agents and election observers were not given adequate access to the tallying centres.

In regard to the presidential results, the EU Mission commended the judiciary, adding it independence was vital for the success of the elections.

The mission also observed that about three million Kenyans were not registered as voters because of the inadequate time given for voter registration.

They also observed that there was gender inequality as candidacy of female gender was generally low.

Based on the observation, the Mission recommended that the government should ensure all citizens are registered and to make sure the marginalised communities are not left out.

It further recommended a review of the legislative framework to implement Kenya’s constitutional gender equality principal, and the improvement of IEBC’s internal communication as well as its communication to the public.

The Mission also wanted the government to regulate the amount of money spent by candidates and parties during campaigns.

The EU EOM has discussed the recommendations with President Uhuru Kenyatta, Cabinet Secretary of foreign affairs Amina Mohammed, CORD Presidential Candidate Raila Odinga, IEBC Chairman Isaack Hassan and other key stakeholders.   

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