UN human rights office congratulates Kenya for successful elections

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The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission registers voters in Kenya. (Photo: UNDP in Kenya)

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has congratulated the government and people of Kenya for the broadly successful national elections on 4 March.

It sent a team of observers which also looked into the circumstances surrounding the fatal attacks on the eve of the elections in a suburb of Mombasa.

Nine policemen were reportedly killed in these attacks, and three suspects have been arrested, arraigned in court and placed under investigative custody.

Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the Human Rights Commissioner says the team of observers returned to Geneva on Wednesday, 13 March.

"They visited several polling stations on Election Day. They interacted with other observers, both international, local and many other players. In general they observed that the elections were by and large peaceful and characterised by an absence of any systematic violations of human rights, which is very welcomed. There were some minor problems." (21")

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human rights expresses the hope that Kenya will continue on the path of reform and social justice.


Derrick Mbatha,  United Nations

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