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US pledges to assist Kenya hold free polls

Discussion in 'Kenyan News and Politics' started by mwitaz, Jun 1, 2012.

  1. mwitaz

    mwitaz JF-Expert Member

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    The United States has
    pledged to assist Kenya
    conduct free and fair
    elections. Visiting Delaware Senator
    Christopher Coons said the
    US was committed in
    supporting the
    implementation of the
    Constitution, especially devolution. “The US will support the
    process of the election but
    has no interest on any
    candidate or region,” Mr
    Coon said while responding
    to questions from University of Nairobi
    students Thursday. Mr Coons, who gave a
    lecture on Kenya’s
    relations with the US, said
    even Egypt had just
    completed its first
    democratic elections after many years and that
    nothing should stop Kenya
    from holding transparent
    polls. US ambassador to Kenya
    Major General (Rtd) Scott
    Gration urged the
    government to provide
    national identification cards
    (IDs) to seven million youth without the document to
    enable them register for
    the elections. “Everybody should get a
    chance to vote,” the envoy
    said. He said the US was working
    with the international
    community to ensure the
    youth and other
    marginalised groups are
    empowered. Mr Coons also said Kenyan
    post-election violence cases
    should proceed at the
    International Criminal
    Court (ICC).