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UN urges parties not to skip repeat poll

The United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON)have called on the nation to realize a free,fair,transparent and credible elections in the upcoming repeat poll.Furthermore they’ve urged the opposition coalition and the ruling party not to abscond the poll slated for October 26th.

Speaking in a statement after meeting the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) officials led by Chairman Wafula Chebukati on Tuesday,UNON Director General Sahle-Work Zewde also challenged the electoral urgency to ensure that the repeat poll is held in line with the Constitution and the existing electoral laws.

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“The United Nations urges the parties to recommit themselves to dialogue and to seek consensus based solutions to their differences as the most appropriate means,” Ms Zewde said as quoted by the Daily Nation.

The UNON also welcomed the IEBC’s quest to open dialogue between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Mr Raila Odinga in preparation for fresh election.

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This came even as all the stakeholders were reminded of their obligations to uphold the rule of law and respect human rights, including peaceful protest and protection of life and property.

The international body further noted that respect of independence of constitutionally mandated institutions, especially the electoral commission and the Judiciary is important.

“Elections are held against national constitutions and other laws as well as international obligations and commitments. Against this background, the United Nations reaffirms its continued support to the electoral process in Kenya, in line with its values and principles including impartiality,” the organization said.

Jubilee and National Super Alliance (Nasa) have disagreed on pertinent issues since the annulment of Uhuru’s Presidential win.

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Jubilee is pushing for the amendment of election laws currently under consideration of a joint special committee of the Senate and the National Assembly.

However, the former prime minister has maintained there will be no elections if the proposed amendments are passed by Parliament.

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