April 20, 2018

Jubilee used state machinery for campaigns during polls-EU observer report

EU Chief Observer Marietje Schaake. [www.nation.co.ke]

The European Union Election Observer team has indicted Kenya for frustrating their return to present a report in the October 26 repeat polls.

EU’s chief observer in the August and October 2017 elections Marietje Schaake said effort to come back to Kenya to present a report on the repeat polls have been frustrated.

She spoke on Wednesday in a televised show from Brussels, Belgium.

Left with no choice, she was forced to read the report at the European Parliament in line with EU’s guidelines which requires presentation of a report three months after an election.

“This is one of the very few times that a presentation of an EU mission observation final report takes place here in the European parliament instead of the country where we observed — Kenya,” said Schaake as told by Daily Nation.

She added: “We were entirely prepared to travel to Nairobi this week to present the final report of our recommendations to the government of Kenya as well as to other important stakeholders, of course the most important being the people of Kenya.

“We’ve understood, however, that the Kenyan government is not prepared to receive us within the terms foreseen in the memorandum of understanding signed between the EU and Kenya; because that specifies that we will present our final report within three months of the Election Day.”

In her report, she highlighted money was paid in exchange for people to attend rallies.

She also cited Jubilee used state machinery to conduct campaigns-also that a section of politicians intimidated independent institutions while a section of the political class projected lack of faith in the poll agency, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

Noting that some Kenyans failed to exercise their democratic right to vote due to police brutality, Schaake said Kenyan people remained resilient which averted possible poll violence.

“The fact that Kenya is not in a worse situation can be attributed to the Kenyan people.”

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