Kenya is set to hold its general election on August 8, with eight candidates running for the presidency.
Ahead of that vote, the European Union – one of the several observer missions in the country – is calling on aspirants to commit to laid down procedures and use of existing legal infrastructure to seek redress for any grievances they may have.
While the mission recognizes that tensions are rising in the East African country ahead of the poll, it says most Kenyans are optimistic the election will be conducted peacefully, and that there will be no repeat of the post-poll chaos that rocked the nation in 2007-2008.
“I myself have visited Mombasa, Eldoret and two other regions of Kenya, other than Nairobi, to talk to as many Kenyans as possible about what they see as important elements of this election. The vast majority of Kenyans want nothing more other than this election to be credible, transparent and peaceful,” VOA reports Marietje Schaake, the head of the 2017 EU Election Observation Mission to Kenya top say.
President Uhuru Kenyatta will seek a second and final mandate but will have to beat main challenger Raila Odinga again. The two were the top contenders in the 2013 vote, with Uhuru emerging victorious.