Mbeki and AU chairperson meets CJ Maraga on Election Disputes Resolution preparedness

NEWS RELEASE. JUDICIARY, NAIROBI. AU commends Judiciary’s preparedness for electoral disputes resolution.

The Africa Union (AU) is happy with the measures the Judiciary has taken in preparation for the August 8 General Election.

Speaking at the Supreme Court after meeting with Chief Justice David Maraga, the AU Election Observer mission, led by former South Africa President Thabo Mbeki and accompanied by AU Chairman Mr Moussa Faki, said those dissatisfied with election results should seek arbitration from the courts.

The team said the AU was following the Kenyan elections keenly and stressed the need for strict observation of the law so that the elections can be free and fair.

They said they were in the country to demonstrate their solidarity with Kenya as it goes into the General Election, saying that they have met with various groups including politicians and the IEBC.  

They called for respect for justice by all actors, arguing that failing to do so would be bad for the country.

During the meeting, Justice Maraga said the Judiciary had taken various measures that include designating magistrates who will deal with election related matters and amending the Supreme Court (Presidential Election Petition) Rules 2017, which are expected to be gazetted soon.

 “The Judiciary is doing everything possible to ensure elections are held within constitutional timelines. We are doing our part, the best way we can,” the CJ said.