EU calls on Kenyan political parties to end election impasse

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The European Union has called on Kenya’s ruling Jubilee Party and opposition coalition NASA to be prepared to compromise their hard-line positions so a credible rerun of presidential elections can be held.

“Dialogue and cooperation are urgently needed for compromises so there can be a peaceful electoral process with integrity and transparency and Kenyans can chose their president.”

Statement from EU’s elections observer mission 

The EU’s Elections Observer Mission have proposed a raft of recommendations for the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) after the annulled election which it believes will help improve its technical processes if implemented.

The EU said Nasa’s ‘No Reform, No Election’ campaign could result in supporters obstructing voting and the counting of results. Electoral law amendments awaiting President Uhuru Kenyatta’s signature to become law have widened divisions in the nation with the EU saying the timing of these changes “is not consistent with good practice for electoral law reform.”