Nairobi, Thursday, 10 August 2017: COMESA has issued a preliminary statement on the Kenya General Elections. In the statement, the Election Observers Mission Leader Ambassador Dr Simbi Mubako, said the successful deployment and use of the elections technology known as the Kenya Integration Electoral Management Systems (KIEMS) was one of the best practices observed.
“The KIEMS readers generally worked smoothly and were efficient and effective in identifying voter,” the Mission leader said. “The Mission believes that the polling processes were generally peaceful and transparent and adhered to international standards.”
As the tallying process continues, the Mission encouraged the people of Kenya and all other stakeholders to maintain peace and address any electoral disputes that may arise through the established legal channels.
Ambassador Simbi commended the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) for effectively conducting the elections despite various challenges such as the appointment of the Commissioners just seven months before the elections. This was in addition to numerous and protracted litigation processes.
“Despite the anxiety and tension caused by these challenges, an improvement in the electoral process was achieved,” Ambassador Mubako said adding that these helped to improve elections management leading increased level of public in the public confidence in the electoral process.
Read full statement below;