Sixty observers from the East African Community Election Observer Mission have arrived Kenya ahead of Tuesday’s general election.
The head of the mission Prof Edward Rugumayo told the press that the team will do due diligence in ensuring the elections are conducted in line with universally accepted principals of democracy and good governance.
“The mission will follow the campaigns; meet election officials, the populous, candidates and other stakeholders up to and beyond Election Day. Our objective is to monitor that the elections are credible, free and fair,” stated Rugumayo on Friday.
He said that the mission will release a preliminary report immediately after the polls before compiling a final report with recommendations from various stakeholders within two weeks after the elections.
Rugumayo spoke about the electorate and commended them for maintaining peace thus far. He further urged them to maintain peace when they finally go to vote in the 40,833 polling stations spread across the country.
“I want to thank the people of Kenya who have conducted themselves with maturity in one of the most vibrant election campaigns this country has seen,” he said.
The East African Community election observer mission head also noted that campaigns have been largely peaceful, hoping for it to carry on on Tuesday.
“I trust that this level of dignity, level mindedness, and peace will be upheld through the campaign period, the Election Day and thereafter,” he added.
The sixty EAC observers drawn from its member states join the increased number of observation missions which include the African Union under the leadership of former South Africa President Thabo Mbeki, the European Union led by Marietje Schaake, COMESA and the National Democratic Institute.