Kenya hosts conference to rally electoral on peaceful polls


A three-day conference aimed at rallying Kenyans together towards a free, fair, credible and peaceful general election in August will kick off in Nairobi on Monday, organizers said on Sunday.

The National Elections Conference on Elections, hosted by Independent Electoral and Boundary Commission (IEBC), Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) Sauti Yangu Initiative is organized along thematic areas that form critical ingredients for credible and peaceful elections

“During the conference, we shall critically evaluate the state of preparedness for the elections; develop synergies of efforts and roles of different stakeholders in ensuring credible elections; and secure commitment of all key stakeholders to a peaceful and credible electoral process,” IEBC said in a joint statement issued in Nairobi.

The conference will bring together stakeholders from across the country that include political leaders, civil society, religious leaders, media and development partners, invited guests from other countries and Kenyans from all walks of life.

The forum will examine lessons from previous elections, the legal framework, conflict mitigation and dispute resolution, electoral integrity, electoral operations and technology and the role of the media, among others.

“We shall share experiences from our past as a country as well as from other African countries and global best practices,” the IEBC said.

According to the polls body, it is expected that the outcomes from this meeting will go a long way in boosting confidence of the Kenyan electorate in the electoral process and the stakeholders will have unity of purpose as the Election Day approaches.

“We wish to reiterate that this is a multi-sectoral conference organized by both state and non-state actors. The participants are also drawn from across the board. This is what makes it a national conference. We urge Kenyans from across the country to follow the proceedings on television, radio and online,” it said.

Kenya has less than two months to the next general election which will be held on Aug. 8 and already political players are criss crossing the country to solicit for votes. The August polls will be the second general election after the new constitutional dispensation.

“As a country, we need a moment to stop and to reflect on the progress made and what remains to be done to ensure that we have peaceful and credible elections,” the IEBC said. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/