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AU observer team ‘happy with electoral progress’

The African Union Election Observation Mission to Kenya is expected to give its scorecard of its meetings with various electoral stakeholders Saturday.

Former South African President, Thabo Mbeki who is leading the team says he is so far happy for the cooperation accorded his group.

“We are pleased that everybody, all stakeholders, we have requested to meet starting with the President, everybody has been very ready including the minister,” he told journalists at a Nairobi hotel Friday after a two-hour closed-door meeting with acting Interior Security Cabinet secretary, Fred Matiang’i.

Mbeki has already met President Uhuru Kenyatta and the opposition, National Super Alliance, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, the National Police Service head among others. He also met with representatives of the UN Women Kenya Chapter.

Matiang’i affirmed the government’s commitment to support a conducive environment for polls by ensuring safety of all Kenyans.

“We met with President Mbeki to brief him on the planning we’ve done to facilitate and support IEBC to mount the General Election. I am choosing my words carefully. I say support because it is the IEBC that conducts the elections by law and our role is just to facilitate them to do what they need us to do to support them conduct a free and fair election,” said the CS.

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