Twenty four envoys yesterday said the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has the ability to conduct the fresh presidential election to be held within 60 days.
In a joint statement issued hours after the Supreme Court nullified President Uhuru Kenyattaâs victory in the August 8 General Election,the envoys hailed Kenyans for respecting the ruling.
âKenyaâs electoral institutions now must begin preparing for a new presidential poll later this year and we urge everyone to work to make it free, fair, credible, and peaceful. We have trust in the ability of Kenya and its citizens to do so,â they said.
They added, âAll electoral processes can be improved, and we will continue to support Kenyaâs institutions in this important work. The transparent legal process and the partiesâ respect for the Courtâs decision reflect the strength of Kenyaâs democracy.â
They said the Supreme Courtâs decision is an important moment for Kenya as its independent review demonstrated Kenyaâs resilient democracy and commitment to the rule of law.
âThe Kenyan people showed patience and confidence as the legal case ran its course. As friends, we want to deepen our partnership with Kenya as it moves forward in building this great country,â they said.
âAt this historic time, we stand with all Kenyans as they support and reaffirm their democracy, which is an example for Africa and the world,â they added.
The envoys included Robert Godec (US), Nic Hailey (UK), Jutta Frasch (Germany), Bruno Pozzi (European Union), Mette Knudsen (Denmark),Victor Conrad (Norway), Ralf Heckner (Switzerland), Antoine Sivan (France) and Mauro Massoni (Italy).
Others are Sara Hradecky (Canada),Constantinos Moatsos (Greece), Frantisek Dlhopolcvek (Slovakia), Frans Makken (The Netherlands), Luisa Fragoso (Portugal), John Feakes (Australia), David Pavlita (Czech Republic) and Gavan Mc Cann (Ireland).
The others are Harald Gunter (Austria),Fredrik Folkunger (Sweden), Julia Pataki (Romania), Javier GarcÃa de ViedmaBernaldo de QuirÃ³s (Spain), Hilde Van Inthoult, ( Belgium), Ramses Malaty,( Finland) and Sergiusz Wolski (Poland).
At the same time Kenyan human rights lawyer and transitional justice expert Njonjo Mue described the ruling as âhistoric day in the evolution of our democracyâ.
âI am humbled to have lived long enough to see the institutions we worked so hard to put in place working to mediate our disagreements and help us to resolve them in a peaceful manner,â he said.
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