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October 22, 2017

Come out and vote and do no evil on this historic day

A voter is guided in the voting process.
A voter is guided in the voting process.

The 12th General Election takes place for 11 hours today. In many ways, it is the biggest and most eagerly awaited national electoral event in Kenyan history.

On this day, Kenyans will deliver their decision. They should vote peacefully and go home to await the results.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission should deliver a transparent and credible election that reflects the will of the majority of voters. Come out and vote and decide who your representatives should be until 2022.

Above all, do no evil. The contenders should respect the outcome and those that are too aggrieved to do so should respect the Constitution and seek redress in the courts, beginning with the Supreme Court in the case of a disputed Presidential election result.  

Keep the peace. And remember at all times that no one needs to die because of an electoral competition.

Kenya’s abiding national shame for far too long has been pre- and post-election election violence and chaos.

Let none of that continue to haunt us now.

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