UN, AU call for peaceful poll in Kenya

Kenya election

Kenyan voters during a past election

Heads of United Nations and African Union (AU) have expressed their organisations' commitment to assist Kenya in ensuring credible and transparent process in the forthcoming rerun of the recent presidential election.

The Presidential election held on August 8 was annulled by the Supreme Court due to suspected irregularities in response to a complaint filed by the opposition.

All the eight presidential candidates bidding for the presidency are expected to close their campaigns according to a gazette notice issued by Independent Boundaries and Electoral Commission Chairperson Wafula Chebukati on September 29.

Odinga's supporters disrupted a training session for election officials last week in the western city of Kisumu, which is his political stronghold.

Speaking to the press after meeting Chebukati, Odinga said the recent resignation of Commissioner Roselyn Akombe was a confirmation of the alliance's fears that the poll agency was not ready to conduct credible elections.

She should be charged, along with senator Fred Outa and others, for obstructing an election official from performing his lawful duties, incitement to violence, and malicious damage to property, the office of the director of public prosecutions said in a letter to police.

The Kenyan shilling dropped to 103.75/85 per dollar on Monday, its lowest level since mid-August, mainly due to concerns about potential violence during a repeat presidential scheduled for October 26, traders said.

Mudavadi said Monday's meeting was held with top diplomats from the United States, the European Union, Britain, Norway and Denmark at the request of the embassies.

Its ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec on Monday said Raila on in a big way when the Supreme Court of Kenya nullified President Uhuru Kenyatta's win in the August 8 election and ought to have allowed his supporters to participate in the repeat poll on Thursday.

Opposition leader, Raila Odinga has pulled out, saying the poll won't be free and fair. President Uhuru Kenyatta, who was declared the victor in August, wants to push ahead with this week's vote even though the election commission head says he can not guarantee its credibility.

In a joint statement, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and AU Commission Chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat urged Kenyan political leaders to maintain peace.

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