East Africa bloc to ship mission to observe Kenyan elections

East Africa bloc to ship mission to observe Kenyan elections

NAIROBI, Kenya — The East African bloc introduced on Thursday that it could deploy an election statement mission to Kenya to watch the August 9 normal elections.

Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) govt secretary Workneh Gebeyehu mentioned the statement mission can be led by former Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome.

“We are also honored that Teshome is leading the IGAD Election Observation Mission. He is a highly respected statesman and a distinguished diplomat,” Gebeyehu mentioned in an announcement with out indicating when the staff will arrive in the realm. nation.

IGAD, which is made up of eight member states together with Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda, mentioned it was honored to be invited by the Electoral Body of Kenya to watch this yr’s normal elections.

Gebeyehu mentioned the regional bloc is glad to proceed working with the Kenyan individuals, electoral establishments, political leaders and different observer missions to advance the democratization course of.

Only 4 candidates from an preliminary listing of 57 aspirants have reached Kenya’s constitutional and statutory threshold set by the electoral physique to face for the nation’s highest workplace.

The 4 candidates embody incumbent Vice President William Ruto, a veteran opposition politician, Raila Odinga, George Wajackoya, a lawyer, and Waihiga Mwaure, a political activist.

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