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United Nations issues statement on Kenyan elections ahead of final results



By Judith Gicobi

Kenya was commended by the UN for holding a peaceful election on August 9th.

Antonio Guterres, the UN Secretary General, urged political contestants to remain composed and respect the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission’s (IEBC) decisions in a statement dated Wednesday, August 10.

Additionally, the UN Secretary General urged candidates to accept polling results without causing conflict.

At the same time, the UN praised Kenyans for peacefully exercising their democratic rights. Guterres commended the electoral commission for facilitating a smooth and well-organized voting process across the country.

“The Secretary-General trusts that all political stakeholders and the Kenyan people will continue to demonstrate the same level of calm, patience and respect for the electoral process as they await the announcement of the results of the polls in accordance with the legal timeframe.”

In order to ensure that the process proceeds without a hitch, the UN further asserted that it was prepared to support all the other agencies.

Election observers were sent in by a number of international organizations. Other observers will make their statements on Thursday, August 11.

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