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US expresses concern over "strife to divide Kenya" ahead of poll rerun

US expresses concern over "strife to divide Kenya" ahead of poll rerun

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The United States has expressed concern over what it describes as efforts of both parties in Kenya to interfere with and undermine the operation of the electoral commission and other state institutions.

The Department of State spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a statement late Wednesday night that: “Now is not the time for strife to divide Kenya, it is a time for all Kenyans to come together”.

“It is essential that there be immediate, open, and transparent dialogue between all parties and the IEBC to resolve the issues,” the statement added while condeming the attack on the bodyguard of the Deputy Chief Justice.

The U.S. urged Kenyans to reject violence and remain calm as they vote on Thursday.

Now is not the time for strife to divide Kenya, it is a time for all Kenyans to come together.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga urged his supporters to boycott the election by holding “vigil and prayers away from polling stations, or just stay at home.”

He withdrew from the election which he said will not be any different from that August 8 that was nullified by the Supreme Court over irregularities.

Odinga is calling for reforms at the electoral commission including the sack of some commissioners.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) said they are prepared for the election rerun which will be held on Thursday.

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