President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday met with a team of AU/COMESA election observers at Nairobi State House who briefed him on their observations of the electoral process.
The team, led by former Sierra Leone president Ernest Bai Karoma, said the electoral process was relatively transparent and all observers had issued positive reports.
In their remarks to President Kenyatta, the team, which included former presidents Domitien Ndayizeye (Burundi) and Mulatu Teshome (Ethiopia), as well as Seychelles Ambassador Marie-Pierre Lloyd, noted that the electoral system and institutions worked in accordance with the law and international standards. practice.
Election observers stressed that they had learned a lot from the Kenyan elections and would share good examples of true democracy, institutional trust and the rule of law to build “the Africa we want”.
They cited the use of technology and respect for the Constitution and institutions during the electoral process as some of the good practices that should be emulated.
While applauding President Kenyatta and the people of Kenya for a vibrant campaign that was peaceful and inclusive, observers hoped for a credible and peaceful outcome and a post-election process that would be part of President Kenyatta’s legacy.
Thanking the Kenya Election Observation Mission for its commitment, the President said he was proud of the peaceful and orderly conduct of the campaigns and voting, which saw a reduction in ethnic tensions and focus on issues.
“The only anxiety that has been observed is anticipation but not fear,” President Kenyatta said.
He said the focus was on completing the electoral process, maintaining peace and security, and transitioning to a new leadership.
Secretary of the Cabinet of Ministers of Foreign Affairs Amb. Raychelle Omamo and Principal Secretary Amb. Macharia Kamau.
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