US government urges losers to resolve poll disputes in court

A ballot box in the past elections. Lobby group wants Msambweni by-election slated for December postponed./COURTESY

Nairobi,KENYA:The American government has urged polls  losers to dissolve the electoral disputes in court.

In a statement released by the white house press office on Monday, the American government expressed disappointment over the outbreak of violence in various parts  of the country following the declaration of the presidential results on Friday.

“We are troubled by reports that some demonstrators have turned violent, and call on Kenyans to reject violence and resolve disputes in accordance to the Kenyan constitution and the rule of law” Reads part of the statement.

Protests in parts of the country over disputed presidential results have lead to the deaths of more than 17 people according to human rights activists.

On August 10th just a few days after the polls, the US government  through its department of state had released another statement  expressing confidence in the transparency of the just concluded electoral polls .

“We urge all parties and their supporters to peacefully and patiently await the IEBC’s (Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission) announcement of official results. The IEBC should be given an opportunity to complete its tallying. We also encourage the IEBC to continue communicating openly with the Kenyan public, and we welcome the IEBC’s commitment to fully investigate any allegations of fraud, with the engagement of all election stakeholders.” Read the statement

In Monday’s statement the US government also congratulated the Kenyan president over his victory in Tuesday’s polls and affirmed the observation by international observers that the polls were credible.

The statement comes as several NASA coalition leaders revealed that they would not dispute the election results in court.

The US government joins the growing list of stakeholders in the international community that have mounted pressure on poll losers to resolve the poll disputes in court.