US Announcement on Postponing Presidential Election

  • The United States has spoken on the idea of postponing the upcoming presidential election scheduled for October 26.

    Speaking during a press briefing by foreign envoys, US Ambassador Robert Godec on Monday stated that they had no problem with the presidential poll being pushed if the right channels are followed.

    Godec stated that the envoys were interested in a credible process and not a quick fix but the decision squarely lies with the Supreme Court.

    "We will have no objection to the extension of timelines if the courts granted that. We are interested in a credible process and not quick fixes," stated Godec.

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    The envoys further added they were aware that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) was facing many challenges but commended the poll body for taking the right steps to ensure the election is credible.

    "IEBC should take seriously concerns raised by the chairman Wafula Chebukati and former commissioner Roselyn Akombe.

    "The whole world will be watching Kenya. Let action be taken on those who will go against the law," added Godec.

    On the signing of the electoral amendments into law, the envoys asked President Uhuru Kenyatta not to sign the bill as it would create more problems ahead of the repeat poll.

    "We call upon President Uhuru not to sign the election laws before him. We know the signing of that election law will undermine the preparation of the election," remarked the US Ambassador.

    The ambassadors called upon Kenyans to look for solutions within the constitution and emphasised that the election must be held within the law.

    They further pleaded with NASA and Jubilee Party to stop interfering with how IEBC was carrying out its activities as this would only slow down the election process.

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    As far as police brutality is concerned, the envoys urged them not to use excessive force in maintaining law and order.