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Observers commend election preparedness

Judy Akuma @PeopleDailyKe

The only irreducible minimum demand Kenya must meet is to conduct the fresh presidential election as directed by the Supreme Court, the African Election Observer Mission (AEOM) has said.

In a preliminary report on Kenya’s elections preparedness dubbed October 26th  elections; Kenya’s irreducible minimum, the observers said the country should conduct the repeat poll on Thursday in accordance with the Constitution. They urged Kenyans not to abscond the exercise.

Speaking during the launch of the report at a Nairobi hotel yesterday, mission head Robert Folsa commended the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission’s preparedness, saying it is ready to deliver a free, fair and credible election.

“October 26 remains the only irreducible minimum as far as the presidential election is concerned. The IEBC is ready to conduct the polls and Kenyans should stick to constitutional rule of law and avoid absconding elections,” the report read in part.

The observers said despite pressure and turmoil facing IEBC, the commission is capable of holding elections as directed by the Supreme Court in its ruling that nullified the August 8 presidential election.

“The IEBC is largely intact and it is ready to conduct elections on Thursday, October 26 in accordance with the Constitution.”

Mission lead researcher Martin Nkari regretted a possibility of more than nine million voters boycotting the election, which may lead to results being contested in court, again.

He said IEBC must not be punished for actions of politicians.

The research was conducted between September 5 and October 20.

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