The United States of America has urged Kenyans to remain peaceful as they await the pronouncement of final results from the Tuesday election between Raila Odinga and Uhuru Kenyatta.
As a longstanding friend of Kenya, the United States applauds the millions of Kenyans who on August 8 peacefully exercised their fundamental democratic right to choose their leaders, reads a statement by Heather Nauert, Department Spokesperson Washington, DC.
“We welcome the statements made by international and domestic missions observing the Kenyan elections, which have contributed to transparency, integrity, and public confidence in the electoral process,” the statement further reads.
“Our Mission in Nairobi also fielded observers, and we were impressed by Kenyans’ commitment to ensuring their voices are heard through the ballot box.”
US urged all parties and their supporters to peacefully and patiently await the IEBC’s (Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission) announcement of official results.
“The IEBC should be given an opportunity to complete its tallying. We also encourage the IEBC to continue communicating openly with the Kenyan public, and we welcome the IEBC’s commitment to fully investigate any allegations of fraud, with the engagement of all election stakeholders.”
It said if candidates dispute results, it is important that they do so in accordance with the constitution and rule of law and not through threats or acts of violence.
“We stand with Kenyans across the political spectrum who are working together to advance democracy, build prosperity, and strengthen security in their great country.”
Mayhem as aspirants reject results
Daily Nation reports that protests erupted in various parts of the country as dissatisfied aspirants disputed the results announced by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission officials.
In Embu, Tharaka Nithi, Nairobi and Mandera counties, tallying was disrupted at various constituency tallying centres after some aspirants and their supporters protested against the slow pace of releasing results.
In Tharaka Nithi, supporters of some candidates clashed at Chuka Igambang’ombe constituency tallying centre at Chuka Boys’ High over alleged malpractices.
At Kangaru High School – the Manyatta constituency tallying centre – tension was high after a ballot box was found outside the hall with stuffed ballot papers.
In Nairobi’s Embakasi East constituency main tallying centre, there was drama after the certificate for the MP- elect Babu Owino went missing.
In Mandera, politicians allied to the Economic Freedom Party (EFP) rejected results from Mandera North constituency, terming them flawed.