EU warns Kenyan politicians against attempts to undermine repeat presidential poll

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BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,7TH OCT 2017-Local politicians  have been advised against attempts to undermine the repeat presidential poll slated for October 26.The European Union and the United States  in a statement send to newsrooms  the EU particularly took issue with declarations made by a section of politicians against the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) warning that such reckless utterances “could have an adverse effect on its ability to fulfill its Constitutional mandate”.

The union  has also  raised concerns about proposed changes to election regulations, the EU saying such modifications should not be carried out.

The union urged both the Jubilee Party and National Super Alliance (NASA) to take engagements with the electoral commission seriously and support the poll agency as it prepares for the fresh presidential election scheduled for October 26.

“All parties should seriously engage with the IEBC in a dialogue about processes and procedures, and support its work as it prepares for the new election,” the EU urged.

Equally, the U.S. State Department in a separate statement issued Friday warned politicians against unwarranted attacks on the electoral commission. Tthe U.S. urged the political class to cease from making unreasonable demands on the IEBC and instead embrace dialogue to iron out contentious issues.

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