, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 6 – The European Union Election Observation mission has asked Kenyans to stay calm and wait for the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) release the 2013 poll results.
Addressing a press briefing in Nairobi, the mission’s head Alojz Peterle commended Kenyans for turning out in large numbers to vote and IEBC for conducting a transparent election.
“Kenya can be credited with demonstrating a strong commitment to democratic elections,” he said.
Peterle noted that the elections were characterised by a huge society-wide push for peace, transparency and credibility.
He further noted that the IEBC retained the electorate’s trust even with the ambitious undertaking to elect the president, the national assembly, the senate, governors and county assembly representatives in one day.
Peterle observed that women participation as candidates was disappointingly low and also some Kenyan communities and marginalized groups we not allowed to vote due to not having national IDs.
“The phases ahead of the IEBC and Kenya are as much defining parts of the process as Election Day. The overall credibility and transparency of the general elections can be assessed after the tallying, the announcement of the results and any possible petitions are dealt with,” he noted.