President Kenyatta meets EU election observer mission to Kenya

July 2, 2017 5:06 pm
Schaake said her team is happy with the preparations that are in place for the August polls/PSCU

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 2 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has assured the European Union Election Observation Mission (EOM) to the country that Kenya is ready for the August 8 elections.

The President said all the institutions involved in ensuring that the elections are conducted smoothly have done their part in readiness for the exercise.

“The elections will be held on August 8 as required by the Constitution and the Government has taken steps to ensure Kenyans exercise their democratic right and choose their leaders without interference,” President Kenyatta said, assuring that the polls will be peaceful.

He added: “We have also taken measures to ensure that the polls are credible, free and fair as well as ensuring that the country will be safe during and after the polls.”

The President spoke on Sunday during a meeting with the head of the EU Election Observation Mission to Kenya, Marietje Schaake, who paid him a courtesy call at State House, Nairobi.

Schaake was accompanied by the EOM Deputy Chief Observer, Hannah Roberts, and EU Ambassador to Kenya, Stephano Dejak at a meeting also attended by Deputy President William Ruto.

The EU observers are set to meet other presidential candidates to hear their views on the August polls.

Schaake said her team is happy with the preparations that are in place for the August polls and is keen to ensure that Kenyans participate in an exercise that is all-inclusive, fair and credible.

Schaake, who is a member of the European Parliament for the Netherlands, was appointed by EU to head its team of election observers to Kenya.


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