African Union commends repeat presidential poll


African Union

The African Union election observers have given a clean bill of health to the just concluded repeat presidential poll that was conducted by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission – IEBC.

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Presenting preliminary findings after the poll Tuesday, the AU Observers say the mission saw the presiding officers and party agents sign the result forms and scanned forms sent to the National Tallying Centre.

The AU Observers say they also saw Form 34As and 34Bs being verified and they matched the data transmitted online. However the mission says it noted that the election registered a low turnout.

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The AU election Observers team led by Thabo Mbeki asked parties aggrieved by repeat presidential poll to use legal avenues to air their grievances, saying their final report will be released soon.

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Meanwhile, HAKI Africa Director, Hussein Mohammed, is now questioning the credibility of the just concluded October 26th presidential election. Mohammed says while the election was largely peaceful, a thick cloud hangs over its credibility citing several unsigned Forms 34A and inadequate party agents to verify the authenticity of the forms.

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He singled out the case of Mrima area in Likoni Constituency where political party agents were reported to be absent during the tallying and verification exercise, a situation he claims was replicated in a raft of the polling stations in the region.

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Separately, Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni, has congratulated President Uhuru Kenyatta for his win in the just concluded October 26 fresh presidential election.

President Museveni, writing on behalf of the East African Commission became the first president to congratulate President Kenyatta on his victory. Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza also congratulated President Kenyatta for his victory.


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