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EU Election Observation Mission to Kenya 2013

15/03/2013 - 15:34
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Following an invitation from the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) of the Republic of Kenya, the European Union established a mission to observe the General Elections scheduled for 4 March 2013 in that country. The European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) was led by Chief Observer Alojz Peterle, a former prime minister of Slovenia and a Member of the European Parliament.

The mission comprised 65 Observers from 26 EU Member States, Norway and Switzerland. Observers were deployed throughout the country to follow the electoral process and to meet with government and electoral officials, candidates and political parties, civil society representatives and the media.

The EU EOM's assessment of the electoral process was independent of any EU institution or Member State. Its purpose was to offer an impartial assessment of the elections and their compliance with Kenya's international and regional commitments with regard to elections, as well as with Kenyan law.

The EU EOM operated in accordance with the ‘Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation’ adopted at the United Nations in 2005. All EU Observers adhere to the Code of Conduct that requires they maintain strict impartiality and neutrality, and abide by Kenyan law.


A few days after Election Day, the Chief Observer of the EU EOM issues a public Preliminary Statement which summarises the basic findings of the mission. Approximately two months after the final results, a comprehensive Final Report is also issued, which will include a series of recommendations. These two documents, alongside with the press releases and other official communication of the EU EOM are to be published on this site.

Final Report

    29/05/2013 - Final Report of the EU Election Observation Mission in Kenya (English pdf - 3 MB [3 MB] PDF version)

Preliminary Statement

  • 06/03/2013 - Preliminary Statement of the EU Election Observation Mission in Kenya (English pdf - 203 KB [203 KB] PDF version)

Media monitoring

  • 11/03/2013 - Media monitoring results of the EU Election Observation Mission in Kenya (English pdf - 153 KB [153 KB] PDF version)

Press Releases

  • 29/05/2013 - Elections are over, but tasks remain ahead, EU observers’ report warns (English pdf - 105 KB [105 KB] PDF version)
  • 02/04/2013 - EU observers welcome peaceful resolution of electoral disputes in Kenya (English pdf - 15 KB [15 KB] PDF version)
  • 19/03/2013 - EU observers remain in Kenya to observe petitions (English pdf - 15 KB [15 KB] PDF version)
  • 06/03/2013 - Kenyans demonstrate strong commitment to democratic elections (English pdf - 210 KB [210 KB] PDF version)
  • 06/03/2013 - Wakenya wadhihirisha kujitolea kwao kufaulisha uchaguzi wa kidemokrasia (Kiswahili pdf - 177 KB [177 KB] PDF version)
  • 05/03/2013 - Joint statement of international observer groups in Kenya (English pdf - 262 KB [262 KB] PDF version)
  • 03/03/2013 - Observer groups call for peaceful polls, urge Kenyans to await results (English pdf - 294 KB [294 KB] PDF version)
  • 03/02/2013 - EU deployed its Long-Term Observers to the regions (English pdf - 462 KB [462 KB] PDF version)
  • 24/01/2013 - EU launches Election Observation Mission (English pdf - 1 KB [1 KB] PDF version)

EU Observation Documents

This list of documents is provided for the reader's better understanding on International Election Assistance and Observation.