UK, US congratulate people of Kenya over successful conduction of elections
As a longstanding friend of Kenya, the United States applauds the millions of Kenyans who on Tuesday, 8th of August, peacefully exercised their fundamental democratic right to choose their leaders. The US acknowledged all correspondence received from her observers, noting that it has thus contributed to the transparency recorded in the just concluded election.
“We welcome the statements made by international and domestic missions observing the Kenyan elections, which have contributed to transparency, integrity, and public confidence in the electoral process. Our Mission in Nairobi also fielded observers, and we were impressed by Kenyans’ commitment to ensuring their voices are heard through the ballot box.
“If candidates dispute results, it is important that they do so in accordance with the constitution and rule of law and not through threats or acts of violence. We stand with Kenyans across the political spectrum who are working together to advance democracy, build prosperity, and strengthen security in their great country.”
In the same vein, United Kingdom has equally send her regards, calling on all Kenyans and international partners to continue to work for peace. The UK, in a press statement from the office of the United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth, congratulates the Kenyan people for turning out in such high numbers on election day.
“We call on all Kenyans and international partners to continue to work together in the spirit of peace, partnership and democracy over the coming hours and days, and to await the final outcome as determined by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), which must be given the time and space to complete its important work, including investigating any evidence of fraud.
“We urge all political parties and candidates to remember that Kenya and Kenyans matter more than any candidate, party or election, and to refrain from any actions or statements which could heighten tensions whilst the country awaits the vote outcome. Any disputes should be addressed through the established resolution mechanisms, in line with Kenya’s constitution.
“The UK stands with the people of Kenya at this important moment in history; we look forward to continuing to work together as friends and partners.”