Kenya one step ahead to prevent foreign entities from interfering with its elections

Kenyan government has barred foreign entities from providing any kind of support to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to curb interference by foreign entities in the management of elections and poll outcomes.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs had written to all embassies, missions, international organizations, and other foreign entities that had sought to support the IEBC in preparations towards the 2022 general election, requesting them to hold on a bit.

The East African country cited its past experience when the entities tried to interfere with polls outcomes.

"Kenya is aware of recently orchestrated events and experiences meant to interfere and sometimes lead to skewed national election outcomes globally.

“Aware of Kenya’s own experience in matters general elections, the ministry wishes to affirm that it shares the serious concerns of many countries around such interference which globally undermines democracy and weakens trust among nations,” read the letter.

Kenya said if needs arise, it will request support by itself, noting that many embassies, missions, and international organizations in Nairobi and abroad have expressed interest in supporting the upcoming elections.

The ministry said it would commence the calls for engagement with external entities and development partners that support the electoral commission.

Raychelle Omamo-led ministry also directed foreign entities already engaged in any activities related to the 2022 General Election to be informed of the latest developments.

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