Human rights body says October 26th polls not credible

HAKI Africa Executive director Hussein Khalid (in white shirt) addresses journalists PHOTO JOSEPH JIRA

Mombasa,KENYA: A preliminary report by Human rights organization HAKI Africa on the October 26th elections has revealed that there was a drop in the voter turnout by 70% as compared to August 8th.

While addressing journalists, the HAKI Africa executive director Hussein Khalid said the October polls was Free and peaceful but not fair and credible.

The organization cites the use of state resources by one of the parties to campaign as one of the main reasons as to why the polls were not fair.

“This gave them undue advantage over others in the race.Our assessment, therefore, is that the elections were not fair,” Hussein said.

Lack of agents from all the participating parties has been cited as a reason why the polls are not credible.

“In most polling stations only jubilee candidates were present while in others like Mrima primary school in Likoni,  no agent was present,” Hussein said.

The activist has also called on the parties concerned in the election to engage in dialogue so as to forge a way forward.