The European Union is closely following developments in the Republic of Kenya, ahead of the re-run of the presidential election, which is scheduled forOctober 26th.
Following the Supreme Court ruling annulling the 8 August 2017 presidential election,it is crucial thatall political actors respect the independence of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) in the organization of the re-run. All parties should seriously engage with the IEBC in a dialogue about processes and procedures, and supportits workas it prepares for the new election.
As stated by the Chairperson of the African Union, with only a few days remaining until the26th October, actions and declarations against the IEBC could have an adverse effect on its ability to fulfil its Constitutional mandate. Unreasonable demands, threats of boycott or attempts to change electoral regulationare to be avoided.
The European Union is committed to continue supporting the advancement of democratic governance in Kenya and to provide assistance to the IEBC.