Joint Statement by Heads of Mission in Kenya

June 15, 2017. Swedish Ambassador Johan Borgstam has signed a joint statement together with colleagues from nine foreign missions to Kenya, on the conference held in Naiorbi 13-14 June by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to prepare for free, fair, credible and peaceful elections in Kenya August 8.

June 15, 2017

As Heads of Mission from international partners supporting Kenya's August 8 elections, we met this morning with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman and Commissioners.  We congratulated the Commission on the important National Elections Conference held in Nairobi on 13-14 June, which allowed participants to discuss electoral preparations and to make clear their support for free, fair, credible, and peaceful elections. 

The conference was an important sign of confidence in the IEBC, and we urge all Kenyans to continue to support the IEBC.  We warmly welcome the signing of the IEBC pledge to “peaceful and credible elections,” by so many Kenyans, including President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

We urge the IEBC to continue to engage and communicate its preparations widely and transparently.  As friends of Kenya, we will continue to support the IEBC in their critical role in conducting credible and peaceful elections.

 

This statement has been issued by the following Heads of Mission in Kenya:

 

Robert F. Godec

Ambassador of the United States

 

Jutta Frasch

Ambassador of Germany

 

Johan Borgstam

Ambassador of Sweden

 

Ramses Malatay

Chargé d’Affaires a.i., for Finland

 

Vebjørn Heines

Chargé d’Affaires a.i., for Norway

 

Nic Hailey

High Commissioner for the United Kingdom

 

Stefano Dejak

Ambassador, European Union Delegation to Kenya

 

Ralf Heckner

Ambassador for Switzerland

 

Angela Loi

Deputy Chief of Mission for Italy

 

Kira Smith Sindbjerg

Chargé d’Affaires a.i., for Denmark