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November 18, 2017

24 envoys say IEBC able to handle re-run

Chief Justice and president of the Supreme Court David Maraga (C) with fellow judges (from L) Jackton Ojwang', Philomena Mwilu, Mohamed Ibrahim at the hearing of the presidential election petition at the Supreme Court in Nairobi on August 28, 2017. /Jack Owuor
Chief Justice and president of the Supreme Court David Maraga (C) with fellow judges (from L) Jackton Ojwang', Philomena Mwilu, Mohamed Ibrahim at the hearing of the presidential election petition at the Supreme Court in Nairobi on August 28, 2017. /Jack Owuor

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 Kenyatta’s victory in the August 8 General Election,the envoys hailed Kenyans for respecting the ruling.

“Kenya’s 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,” they said.

They added,  “All electoral processes can be improved, and we will continue to support Kenya’s institutions in this important work.  The transparent legal process and the parties’ respect for the Court’s decision reflect the strength of Kenya’s democracy.”

They said the  Supreme Court’s decision is an important moment for Kenya as its independent review  demonstrated Kenya’s resilient democracy and commitment to the rule of law. 

“The 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,” they said.

“At this historic time, we stand with all Kenyans as they support and reaffirm their democracy, which is an example for Africa and the world,” 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 García de ViedmaBernaldo de Quirós (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 “historic day in the evolution of our democracy”.

“I 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,” he said.

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