Minister for Africa Rory Steward. PHOTO/COURTESY
By ABDULHAKIM SHERMAN
Britain wants security personnel who were involved in human rights violations during the October 26 repeat presidential election to be investigated and those found to have committed offences to be prosecuted a statement issued by Minister for Africa Rory Steward says.
Mr Steward appealed for calm as the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission prepared to announce the result of the election and called for open and transparent national dialogue.
“All allegations of abuses on the part of the security forces should be fully investigated and action taken against security personnel found to have committed violations,” he said in the statement released by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Mr Steward said he has been deeply concerned by outbreaks of ethnic and political violence.
“I have followed closely developments in Kenya over the last few days as the elections have taken place. This is an important moment for Kenya and African democracy. The UK stands together with all Kenyans at this critical time,” he said.
He asked leaders and politicians to categorically and publicly reject violence and make every effort to ensure their supporters do so as well.
Kura Yangu Sauti Yangu (KYSY) has put voter turnout during the repeat presidential election at 38.3 percent.
“I welcome the work of many Kenyans to help keep the peace and assist those affected by the violence,” he said.
He urged security forces to exercise maximum restraint and called on protestors who are exercising their constitutional rights to do so peacefully.
“I call on all Kenyans to come together at this critical moment in an open and transparent national dialogue, to reject the politics of hatred, and to resolve divisions, so that Kenya moves forward towards greater peace and prosperity,” he said.
And as the IEBC was declaring President Uhuru Kenyatta as the winner of the October 26 repeat presidential election, an election monitoring group, Kura Yangu Sauti Yangu (KYSY) said voter turnout in the repeat poll was 38.3 percent.
“Kura Yangu Sauti Yangu (KYSY) has established there was 38.3 percent turnout, according to an analysis of the IEBC result forms displayed to date on its official website,” they said in a statement.
The body added this figure had to be calculated without results from 32 constituencies, either because there are no results displayed, or because the IEBC’s forms posted are incomplete.
“Voter turnout in Kenya on October 26 is one of the lowest on the African continent since the re-introduction of multiparty elections in Kenya in 199,” they added.
They said KYSY deployed approximately 2,000 observers in 44 of the 47 counties around the country to observe election and human rights violations.
The observers are responsible for monitoring election day processes, and transmitting photos of posted Forms 34A (polling station-level results) and Forms 34B (constituency-level tally of results). KYSY also monitors and analyses results posted on the official IEBC website.
“Analysis of the results forms has thrown up several reasons why the IEBC’s figures lack credibility,” they noted.
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