AU chair urges Kenyans to fully respect Supreme Court judgment

The Africa Union (AU) Chairperson, Moussa Faki Mahamat, has urged Kenyans to fully respect the Judgment of the Supreme Court that nullified the presidential election and maintain peace ahead of the fresh exercise ordered by the court.

Mahamat appealed to all stakeholders including candidates, political parties and coalitions to exercise prudent leadership and ask their supporters to respectfully accept the court’s verdict.

In a statement, Mahamat further urged stakeholders to take all necessary measures to ensure the successful conduct of the fresh elections.

He noted that the African Union Commission, in collaboration with Regional Economic Communities will continue to closely monitor the electoral process with a view to ensuring that the will of the Kenyan people is fully respected.

On Friday last week the Supreme Court nullified the result of the Presidential Elections held on 8 August 2017.

The court further ordered the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to hold a fresh presidential election within a period of 60 days as per the Constitution.

Meanwhile, Education Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i has written to the IEBC requesting it to hold a repeat of Presidential elections a week before 17th of October to avoid disrupting the national examination calendar.

The  Education CS- says that any other program later than 17th of October will throw the ministry of education in disarray and will undermine the examination programs.

In a media briefing Monday, Matiang’i said he is optimists that IEBC will heed to the request.

Dr. Matiang’i also confirmed that his ministry is technically ready to commence the national examinations from 23rd October to 29th of November adding that everything needed is in place.

In connection to that, the IEBC is currently holding its first full meeting after the Supreme Court ordered fresh presidential election last Friday. Top in the agenda is to set up a new poll date within the 60 days ordered by the Supreme Court.

The IEBC Chair Wafula Chebukati had indicated that the meeting will further outline changes it would make in the secretariat as it prepares for the repeat polls.

Chebukati has invited the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions to investigate and prosecute electoral officers who may have contravened the law during the August 8th poll.

Chebukati said anyone found culpable must take responsibility for any irregularities that might have occurred leading to the nullification of presidential polls by the Supreme Court.


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