head, Mr. Anders Wijkman, said the 140 observers would
visit more than 1,000 polling stations countrywide to
witness the opening of ballot boxes, casting and counting
the team, which has been in the country for more that
a month, would compile a detailed report on the polls.
has held meetings with party leaders, the Electoral
Commission and government officials and visited voters
in many parts of the country.
transition is very important to the EU and
just operate like tourists
. We have been closely
following the party nominations, preparation and security
of polling material, "Mr. Wijkman said.
the mission, which arrived in the country mid last month,
had documented some of its findings, but a preliminary
report would be cross-checked with what happens on polling
the 1992 and 1997 elections were marred by irregularities,
adding that voters feared that a similar thing would
cited suspension of voter registration as one of the
factors that could influence the outcome of the elections.
Wijkman: "There are young Kenyan adults who were
locked out of registration. If the results of the leading
candidates are too close to call, then it will be said
these youths would have made the difference."
the EU team was consulting with local and other foreign
observer groups. He however, said the team's report
would be based on its own findings.
will release its report on December 29 but remain in
the country up to mid-January to witness the transition
and follow any court petitions.
ballot papers for presidential, parliamentary and civic
have reached the district in readiness for the polls.
which were collected from Nairobi by local election
coordinator Ezekiel Akunja, have been stored at the
Kosele police station.
ballot boxes, received two months ago, are also kept
at the same place.
constituency has 61,429 registered voters, while Karachuonyo