Ethiopia: AU urges Kenyans to uphold Supreme Court decision on post-election dispute

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) has called on the Kenyan people to unequivocally uphold decisions of the country’s Supreme Court on any post-election dispute arising from the elections conducted on 8 August 2017.

In a statement it issued on Wednesday in Addis Ababa following an exchange of views on post-election developments in Kenya, the Council demanded that all political actors and stakeholders desist from making irresponsible statements or engaging in actions aimed at inciting violence and destroying the prevailing peace in Kenya.

It recalled the communiqué of its 713th meeting, held on 24 August 2017 on elections in Africa, urging political parties to desist from resorting to the use of violence as a way of expressing their disaffection over the outcomes of elections but rather, to make full use of all available legal channels in resolving any election-related dispute.

According to the statement, the PSC has commended Kenya, through its national electoral management board for having peacefully conducted the national electoral process held on 8 August 2017.  It also hailed the calm that has prevailed in the country since the announcement of the results of the election.

In addition, Council recognized the fact that the aggrieved political parties in Kenya have resorted to the established legal channels and mechanisms as provided for in the Constitution of Kenya to address contentious issues on the outcome of the election.

“In this context, Council commended the Supreme Court of Kenya for having seized the matter,” the statement added;
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30 august 2017 17:48:47

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