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Let the Supreme Court verdict be the end of it, AU urges

Thabo Mbeki led the AU Election Observer Mission to Kenya/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 31 – The African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council has urged Kenyans to unequivocally uphold the decision of the Supreme Court on the Presidential petition.

In a statement, the council cautioned politicians and other stakeholders from making statements that may undermine the rule of law.

“Council recalled the Communiqué of its 713th meeting held on August 24 on elections in Africa, particularly paragraph 11 urging political parties to desist from resorting to the use of violence as a way of expressing their disaffection over the outcomes of elections but rather, to make full use of all available legal channels in resolving any election-related disputes,” the statement indicated.

It commended the country for having conducted peaceful elections through the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission and hailed the calm that has prevailed in the country since the announcement of the results. “Council commended Kenya, through its national electoral management board for having peacefully conducted the national electoral process held on August 8.”

The Council further recognised the fact that the aggrieved parties had resorted to the established legal channels and mechanisms as provided for in the Constitution of Kenya to address contentious issues, was a step in the right direction.

Similar sentiments had been echoed by Deputy President William Ruto who urged Kenyans irrespective of their political affiliations to allow the Supreme Court to do its work without intimidation and coercion.

The Deputy President said there was no need for any person to try to exert pressure on the judges, whom he described as competent individuals who are up to the task.

Ruto thanked Kenyans for exercising their democratic rights to elect leaders of their choice in a peacefully manner during the just concluded General Election.

He urged everyone to remain united and peaceful as the country awaits for the Supreme Court ruling on the presidential results.

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