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European Union: IEBC conducted credible elections
Thursday, May 30, 2013
The European Union has given the March 4th election a clean bill of health saying the independent electoral and boundaries commission maintained integrity during the election process.
While releasing their final report, EU chief observer Alojz Peterle said though the election was faced with technical challenges, the margins of error were not sufficient to alter the final tally.
The March 4th election 2013 dubbed as the most complex in the country’s history presented the biggest test yet for the electoral body.
For the first time in Kenya’s election history, Kenyans had to vote for 6 candidates, the president, senator, governor, Member of Parliament, woman representative and county representative on the same day.
The results that saw Uhuru Kenyatta pronounced as president were contested with petitions filed in court to challenge his election.
Days after the Supreme Court ruling that saw the court uphold the Isack Hassan’s led IEBC declaration, the European Union has added its support to Uhuru’s victory.
Though the EU admitted that there were indeed challenges, the election chief observer admitted that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries commission maintained integrity in the process.
The team however said that Kenya being a maturing democracy has room for improvement citing the need for civic education, enhancing the capacity of IEBC, as well as regulating the amount of money spent by candidates and parties during the campaigns.
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