AU calls for peaceful resolution of Kenya disputes ahead of fresh polls

The African Union (AU) on Wednesday called for a peaceful resolution of disputes in Kenya ahead of the fresh presidential election scheduled for October 26.

The chairperson of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, continues to follow with concern the recent political developments in Kenya following the Supreme Court ruling annulling the 8 Aug. 2017 presidential election and subsequent scheduling of fresh presidential election for 26 Oct., according to an AU statement.

With a few days remaining until the election, the chairperson is concerned about actions and utterances that have the potential to adversely affect the holding of the fresh presidential election as scheduled.

He has called on all stakeholders to refrain from actions and utterances that will derail Kenya’s democratization process, tarnish the integrity of the planned election and mar the peace and stability of the country with adverse consequences for socioeconomic development.

“It is important that all parties come together to find a peaceful resolution to the current political impasse characterized by street protests on the one hand and the proposed amendment of the electoral laws on the other, in the run-up to the elections.”

The chairperson has further called on all stakeholders to work with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to ensure that the fresh election is held as scheduled and to refrain from actions and statements that will affect the independence of the IEBC.

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