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KNCHR call for rights protection during, after polls

Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) has been monitoring the 2022 electioneering with the aim of promoting and protecting human rights before, during and after the General Election.

The Commission has deployed over 150 election monitors across the country to monitor and document critical occurrences on the upcoming general election.

KNCHR Chairperson Roseline Odede said the information collected by the election monitors is shared with specific duty bearers and institutions advisories, including recommendations on the human rights gaps.

Odede said there is need for leaders to ensure there is utmost adherence and respect for the electoral laws and processes during the elections.

“KNCHR calls upon political leaders to conduct themselves within the confines of the law and where there is a dispute to channel them to the courts and to respect the decisions that are made,” added Odede .

The Chairperson was speaking Wednesday during a media briefing on the level of 2022 election preparedness and the current state of Human Rights in the country ahead of the August 9 General Election at a Nairobi hotel.

Odede who urged leaders to rally their supporters to uphold peace, lauded the efforts of law enforcement agencies and their officers for demonstrating restraint and professionalism throughout the campaign period.

“The KNCHR commends the office of the Inspector General of Police for the simulation exercises on the use of force and firearms carried out throughout the country in readiness for the forthcoming August polls,” said Odede.

She said the commitment given by the police that the security of all Kenyans is guaranteed during this electioneering period will enable Kenyans to undertake their activities peacefully.

The Chairperson at the same time said members of the public also have a responsibility to uphold security by following the laid down procedures and law.

Odede commended IEBC for the efforts it has put in place to promote civic education and awareness through voter information for the upcoming elections.

“IEBC should ensure it encompasses a proper communication strategy to boost public trust in the electoral process, “added Odede.

KNCHR expressed optimism that there shall be a smooth transfer of power during transition with leaders from all political divides agreeing to the outcome of the polls.

Present at the briefing were representatives from European Union, Royal Norwegian Embassy, Danish International Development Agency, United States Agency for International Development, URAIA, Independent Policing Oversight Authority, Office of the Director of Public Prosecution and National Police Service.

By Caroline Mbusa and Jedida Barasa

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