Are Foreigners Meddling in Kenya Elections?

As Kenyan election results slowly trickle in after initially experiencing hitches due to the malfunctioning of the electronic tallying system, allegations are surfacing regarding foreign intervention in the process and the independence of the Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission.

Jendayi Frazer, who served as the Bush administration’s Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs from 2005 to 2009, used her official Twitter account to discuss the role of the United States in Kenyan elections:

In the run-up to the election, the European Union stated it would only have limited contact with a president who faces trial at the International Criminal Court. In turn, the US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson warned Kenyan voters that “choices have consequences.”

Frazer, who previously denounced Carson’s comments back in February, stood by her statement

After the Jubilee Coalition led by presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta complained over the British government’s involvement in the tallying process, Christian Turner, the British High Commissioner to Kenya, said the allegations were “wrong”, “unhelpful” and “not true.”

The UK Foreign Office released a statement dispelling the allegations against the British government’s meddling in the Kenyan elections.

“We have always said that this election is a choice for Kenyans alone to decide. We respect their sovereign will, and the authority of the IEBC and Kenyan institutions to deliver it. We do not endorse any one candidate over another,” the statement said. “Claims of British interference, including by the High Commission, in the electoral process are entirely false and misleading.”

William Ruto, Kenyatta’s running mate, asked the electoral commission to “expedite the process, so that Kenyans can begin to know where these all exercise is leading.” He also emphasized his coalition’s confidence in the IEBC, saying: “We are very clear that the commission is competent enough to discharge the responsibility conveyed upon them by the constitution and the law.”

Kenyatta and Ruto are both facing trials at the ICC for masterminding the bloodbath that followed Kenya’s general elections in 2007.

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