Carter Center speaks out on repeat presidential poll,says it polarized the nation

Carter Center speaks out on repeat presidential poll,says it polarized the nation

BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,8TH NOV 2017-The repeat presidential poll conducted on October 26 served to polarise the country even further. The US based Nongovernmental organization Carter Center has said.

In a statement sent to the press Wednesday  the center has called upon political leaders in the country  to  put their personal differences  aside and take steps to heal the country while maintaining the country’s constitutional order.

According the  NGO  which has promised to give a more comprehensive statement at a later date ,the political leaders should engage in constructive dialogue to bridge the gap between the opposition and ruling parties, and their respective supporters, following the October 26, repeat poll.

The statement comes at a time when eyes are now at the supreme court of Kenya after various petitions challenging the victory of Uhuru Kenyatta in the repeat poll have been filed.

National Super Alliance (Nasa) presidential candidate Raila Odinga and his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka withdrew from the repeat poll but their names were retained in the ballot.

Nasa has also called for boycott of some products from companies they accuse of supporting the Jubilee administration.

The statement said the fresh presidential election unfolded in a context of heightened tensions stemming from the protracted electoral process, confrontational tactics and harsh verbal attacks by key political leaders, and outbursts of violence around election day.

“These problems severely undermined the ability of Kenya’s electoral and judicial institutions to implement the fresh presidential elections. Rather than consolidating support for a national political program, the election polarised the country and exposed the deep tribal and ethnic rifts that have longed characterised its politics,” the statement added.

The centre further says it was regrettable that the actions of political leaders served to weaken its democratic and independent institutions, constrain the ability of citizens to participate in the civic affairs of their country, and damage the nation’s democratic development.



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