- A special team will specifically monitor IEBC officials.
The African Electoral Observation Group has deployed 489 observers to monitor the October 26 Presidential election in Kenya.
Among them, a special team will monitor the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) officials.
In a statement, the observers noted that IEBC is still capable of conducting a “free, fair and credible” election provided that politicians do not interfere with its work.
“We note that in the last 60 days, the commission has suffered immense attacks and has become the main issue leading to the polls. It has been an exploitation of its real and manufactured weaknesses with the main objective of completely obstructing and scuttling the election body and election management,” according to the statement.
It is signed by Robert Fousler, the head of delegation, and Ola Thomas Olufemi, the chief of mission.
“It is in keeping with our electoral observation mandate for August 8 election that we note that IEBC remains intact and capable of conducting a free, fair and credible election. We have also observed immense violent attacks on logistical, deployment and personnel preparations for the election in the counties of Kisumu, Siaya, Homa Bay and Migori,” they said.