Victorious Kenyan party accuses EU monitors of bias

By AFP
Previous |  Next 
By AFP

3/20/2013 6:50:10 PM -

NAIROBI (AFP) - The party of Kenyan president-elect Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday accused European Union election monitors of bias in favour of his rival Raila Odinga, claims dismissed by the EU.

Kenyatta's party, The National Alliance (TNA), accused the EU of "overt and active support" for the defeated party of outgoing Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who is challenging the results of the March 4 poll at Kenya's Supreme Court.

"The meddlesome attempts to load the die, in order to guarantee a favourable outcome for a candidate perceived by the EU as more malleable and accommodating, is bound to fail," the TNA party said in a letter.

EU observer mission spokesman Peter Visnovitz said the "allegations are completely false".

"This is a neutral and impartial team which never got involved in petition of any side," he told AFP.

A Kenyan daily newspaper, The Star, used its front page on Wednesday to cite an internal EU document citing a "lack of transparency" in the counting of ballots for the presidential election.

Visnovitz refused to comment on the newspaper report, saying only that the EU team's final report would be released at the latest by May 4.

Kenyatta, who avoided a second-round run-off vote by the slimmest of margins, winning with just 50.07 percent, beat Odinga -- his closest rival -- by more than 800,000 votes.

Odinga's Coalition for Reform and Democracy (CORD) claims the poll was marred by irregularities including changes to the voter register and inflated numbers of registered voters.

They also accused the electoral commission of using "poorly selected, designed" electronic equipment to transmit the results.

Do not trust man too much to blame God.
By: Kyei-Afrifa Mannhei

Kenyan commandos on frontline of po

A family of white rhinos is pictured at the Ol Jogi rhino sanctuary in Nairobi on August 7, 2014.  By Tony Karumba (AFP/File) Monday, September 01, 2014

Ol Jogi (Kenya) (AFP) - With camouflage uniforms, assault rifles, night vision g ...
read more »

Somalia sues Kenya at top UN court

A photograph released by the African Union-United Nations Information Support Team shows an aerial view of the Indian Ocean off the southern Somali port city of Kismayo on Ocotber 4, 2012.  By Stuart Price (AU-UN IST/AFP/File) Friday, August 29, 2014

The Hague (AFP) - Somalia took its maritime border dispute with Kenya to the Uni ...
read more »