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T.I. promises free, fair and peaceful election

21 February 2013, 18:52Alloys Musyoka

Transparency International has urged Kenyans to come out in large number during elections and elect leaders who will bring development at county level.

The organisation has assured Kenyans that it is focused on ensuring the election is fair, free, credible and peaceful.

Election monitors to prevent rigging

According to Coast region Transparency International program officer Francis Kairu, the organisation has dispatched election monitors across the country to ensure that if there is any rigging plans they are reported immediately.

He urged Kenyans to be prepared to elect their leaders peacefully saying that if there will be any election rigging the organization will be the first to tell Kenyans and immediately move to court to stop the election.

Kairu said they have powers to stop the election if it is found not to be fair, free and peaceful.

"If we found some election rules are not followed or some people attempted to rig the election, Kenyans should be assured that we are the first people who will inform them and tell them the next action we are supposed to take but everything will be done peacefully," said Kairu.

He was addressing the media after attending a debate for Malindi aspirants which was organized by Transparency International and Punguza Mbu Malindi.

Elect leaders who can implement the new constitution

Kairu urged Kenyans to be ready to elect leaders who can be trusted to implement the new constitution and leaders who can serve them, not because of their power to attract large crowd.

He also urged Kenyans not to elect leaders because they have been given handouts during campaigns but focus on leaders with good track record free from corruption and those who can manage county resources well.

Leaders are employees to voters

Kairu cautioned leaders who snub debates saying they automatically send a message to voters that they cannot be trusted with leadership.

He said only five out of the 22 county representatives who were asked to attend the debate appeared and participated in addressing the issue of land, job opportunities and security.

Kairu said chapter six of the new constitution states that leaders are just but employees to voters and so they should be ready to be scrutinized and questioned whenever locals feel they should be.

"Leaders shall be servants, that is what the constitution tells us. We decided to support this initiative so that leaders can be asked to give their policies not only during this time but also after the election," he said.

 
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