British and American diplomats attend National Elections Conference in Nairobi

Nic Hailey and Bob Godec at the National Election Conference polling display. Photo: Twitter/BobGodec

Yesterday, the UK High Commissioner and American Ambassador joined with other stakeholders at the launch of the National Elections conference at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre.

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairperson Wafula Chebukati said the purpose of the meeting was to assess the progress made so far and to reflect on the challenges Kenyans face in the forthcoming election period.

NASA Presidential Candidate Raila Odinga said that Kenyans have always desired free and fair elections. “Credible elections are about credible processes,” he assed. “It must be inclusive and no one should have undue advantage.”

Tweeting from the event, British High Commissioner to Kenya Nic Hailey said: “Great to be at @IEBCKenya conference as Kenyans & friends come together to support preparations 4 free, fair, peaceful & credible elections.”

Speaking to attendees, American Ambassador Robert ‘Bob’ Godec said: “No Kenyan should die because of an election. Kenyans will need to reject chaos and work for the best possible.”

Britain and the US are providing technical support and assistance to help ensure Kenya’s elections later this year are free and fair.

A total of 14,552 candidates have so far been cleared to compete for the available 1,882 seats across the country and all the 45,000 voter authentication gadgets needed for the General Election have been sourced.