AU, UN vow to help Kenya hold credible election

The United Nations and the African Union have vowed to assist Kenya hold a credible poll in the repeat presidential election scheduled for October 26, a joint statement released by UN Secretary-General António Guterres and AU Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat said.

The East African country is set to conduct the repeat poll following the Supreme Court’s nullification of the August 8 presidential vote, citing malpractices in the tallying and transmission processes.

“Recalling the ruling of the Supreme Court of Kenya of 1 September ordering the holding of a new presidential election, the Secretary-General and the Chairperson of the Commission express the United Nations’ and African Union’s commitment to assist Kenya in ensuring a credible and transparent process and upholding the constitutional process,” the statement read.

According to the statement, the two Guterres and Mahamat are closely monitoring the developments in the country ahead of that vote.

Political uncertainty has engulfed Kenya since that September 1 ruling, with fears rising of a possible legal and constitutional crisis.

The main opposition candidate Raila Odinga withdrew from the election, saying he would not participate in it without changes to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.

His NASA coalition has been organizing protests in the country to push for those changes, including resignations of some officials it accuses of being involved in the bungling of the August 8 vote.

The ruling Jubilee Party has however dismissed the opposition’s demands, saying they are attempts to bully the electoral body into doing things their way.

President Uhuru Kenyatta is adamant the elections will go on as planned whether or not Odinga is on the ballot.

The joint statement by AU and UN called upon the political leaders to ensure a peaceful election.

“The Secretary-General and the Chairperson of the Commission urge all political actors, parties and their supporters to create conditions for a peaceful election and refrain from any act of violence. It is critical that all concerned work towards the preservation of calm and peace in the country,” it said.

Read full statement here; Joint Statement