Na­tional sta­bil­ity de­pends on free and fair elec­tions

The Star (Kenya) - - Voices -

Free and fair polls are the only way to en­sure an un­con­tested out­come in the 2017 gen­eral elec­tion. This will con­se­quently guar­an­tee na­tional se­cu­rity, sta­bil­ity and de­vel­op­ment be­fore, after and in the con­se­quent elec­toral process, ir­re­spec­tive of who wins. As things stand, and from ex­pe­ri­ences and court bat­tles in the pre­ced­ing elec­tions, there is the in­fa­mous coinage that elec­tions are never won in Kenya but rigged. This is un­for­tu­nate as it demon­strates the fact that the same prob­lems we ex­pe­ri­enced years ago still re­cur to date. Flawed pres­i­den­tial elec­tions in the first multi-party elec­tions brought a lot of un­cer­tainty in the sub­se­quent polls. This im­ploded in the 2007 gen­eral elec­tion. We should, mov­ing on, be able to con­duct elec­tions in which we believe in the out­come. That’s why the on­go­ing elec­toral re­forms are im­por­tant.

FELIX ONYIEGO Kisii county

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