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Communique international observation missions Kenya

27 October 2017



Nairobi- 27th of October 2017

We the Heads of the undersigned international observer missions present in
Kenya issue this communiqué on the election rescheduled for the 28th of

We note the decision of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries
Commission (IEBC) to postpone polling in Homa Bay, Kisumu, Migori and
Siaya counties, based on article 55b of the electoral law.

We recognise that all citizens have the right to vote or not to vote. We
appreciate that the Constitution of Kenya guarantees the right to peaceful
demonstration. Citizens have a responsibility to uphold the law whilst
exercising their rights. We therefore urge all Kenyans to refrain from unlawful
acts and respect the rights of fellow citizens, including polling staff,
independent observers, and others who have a responsibility in the election

It is imperative that the security forces provide protection to all citizens and
avoid the excessive use of force. We call for full accountability of the security
agencies for all actions taken that result in injury and loss of life.
We stand with the people of Kenya in their desire for a peaceful and united

1. African Union Election Observation Mission - His Excellency, Thabo
Mbeki, Former South African President
2. Commonwealth Observation Mission – His Excellency, Rupiah Banda,
Former Zambian President
3. East African Community Election Observation Mission – Prof. Edward B.
Rugumayo, Former Speaker of the Ugandan Parliament
4. European Union Election Observation Mission – Marietje Schaake, Dutch
Member of the European Parliament
5. Intergovernmental Authority on Development Election Observation
Mission - Amb. Tewolde Gebremeskel, IGAD Director of Peace and
Security Division
6. National Democratic Institute Election Observation Mission – Pat Merloe,
Senior Associate and Director of Electoral Programs- NDI; and Keith
Jennings Senior Associate and Regional Director for East and Southern
Africa- NDI
7. The Carter Center Election Observation Mission – Don Bisson, Field
Office Director- Kenya

-- Please find below the list of earlier statements of the EU EOM Kenya:

EU EOM Statement (25/10/2017)

EU EOM Statement (24/10/2017)

EU EOM Kenya progress update (16/10/2017)

Statement by the EU EOM Kenya (03/10/2017)

EU Election Observation Mission calls for reforms and respect for rule of law to rebuild trust ahead of presidential election re-run (14/09/2017) 

Op-ed in The Star: We didn't 'okay' Kenyan polls (06/09/2017)

Statement of the EU Election Observation Mission following the ruling of the Supreme Court of Kenya on a re-run of the presidential elections within 60 days (01/09/2017)

Statement of the EU Election Observation Mission calling on Kenya’s electoral commission to promptly publish all results forms, for rule of law to be followed, and space for civil society (16/08/2017)

Preliminary Statement of the EU Election Observation Mission for the general election in Kenya (10/08/2017)

Speech by Marietje Schaake, Chief Observer of the EU Election Observation Mission, on the preliminary findings of the Election Observation Mission (10/08/2017)

Post-election communiqué from Heads of International Election Observation Missions (09/08/2017)

Joint communiqué by International Election Observation Missions present for Kenya's elections (07/08/2017)