Thursday, 28 February 2013

UN boss Ban urges peaceful Kenya General Election


Posted  Thursday, February 28  2013 at  12:22

President Kibaki (left) and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon in this file photo. Mr Ban has appealed to Kenyans to ensure that peace reigns during Monday's General Election February 28, 2013

The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has appealed to Kenyans to ensure that peace reigns during Monday's General Election.The UN boss said Kenya had come a long way in preparing for the polls, the first elections after the bungled presidential vote in 2007. Mr Ban telephoned President Kibaki Wednesday and expressed “his sincere hope and belief that Kenyans working together and putting the collective interest of their country above any other consideration can ensure that the upcoming elections will be peaceful and credible".President Kibaki will hand over power to the next Head of State after the March 4 elections.In a statement, Mr Ban also gave a thumbs-up to efforts made to strengthen “Kenya’s democracy and its electoral system since the last general election".“He (Mr Ban) trusts that efforts made at many levels to prevent a repeat of past violence will be redoubled during the remainder of the campaign” the statement said.The Secretary General underscored the importance of respecting the independence of the Judiciary and the authority of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) entrusted with organising the free, fair and credible elections.He also praised the presidential candidates "for reaffirming their commitment to a peaceful and tolerant campaign and also for appealing to their supporters to do the same including rejecting inflammatory and fraudulent actions".

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