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The European Union, as a partner of Kenya and its people, has closely followed the general elections that have taken place. Elections are a time to celebrate democratic expression and Kenyans have engaged to shape their country's future.
The role of the Kenyan Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, the only institution that can officially announce results, has been fundamental with its endorsement of the preparation and all the work done.
The Electoral Observation Mission deployed by the EU at the invitation of the IEBC has made its preliminary assessment and will continue while the final results are being determined. The cooperation between international observation missions has been excellent.
As expressed by the African Union, we expect now sense of responsibility and leadership by all parties, by upholding the procedures and institutions as set out by the Constitution of Kenya. We expect also that claims of malpractice are thoroughly investigated and any challenge to the results channelled through the Constitutionally mandated judicial mechanisms: the Rule of Law, respected by all, is the very foundation of all democracies, as Kenya is.
The EU will stay committed to supporting Kenya, as a close partner, in this endeavour.