Union will spend about Sh 140million to monitor the
of nine observers arrived on Tuesday, led by Mr. Anders
Wijkman from Sweden, who is a member of the European
Parliament and vice chairman of the House's Development
and Co-operation Committee.
also a member of the Joint Parliamentary Assembly of
the Agreement between the African, Caribbean and Pacific
states the European Union.
the Press at the Grand Regency Hotel, Nairobi, where
the team has set up base that the EU attached special
attention to Kenya, which was why the country was among
the nations where the union had deployed its monitors.
said: "The EU considers the observation of elections
to be an important component of its policy in promoting
human rights and democratisation throughout the world.
It takes such activities on the basis of partnership
with the host country and with the objective capacity.
" The mission,
Mr. Wijkman said, was in Kenya at he invitation of the
Government. The team would strive to ensure impartiality
because we are observers and not supervisors."
Up to 100
short-term observers and 20 long -term observers will
back up the team. The long-term observers will arrive
day, the mission will deploy team members to follow
the voting, counting an tabulation of the results throughout
elections, the mission will issue a statement on its
preliminary findings. A more comprehensive report will
follow a month later.
said the EU was impressed by the way the Election Commission
was conducting the process, especially the formation
of a committee to fight election violence. The committee
has been formed jointly by the commission, the police
and the Attorney General.
the factors which influenced the sending of the observers
was the cordial relationship between Kenya an the EU,
the country's strategic position in Africa and the fact
that Kenya had embraced a multi-party system of government,
said Mr. Wijkman.
plays a crucial role in the East African region, which
is characterised by tension, and EU appreciates that
the country embraces multipartism, hence the need to
strengthen democratisation, "he said.