EU funds Kenya democratic exercise
by MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – THE European Union (EU) has handed over KSh 560 million (Euro 4, 859 million) to support Kenya’s preparations of transparent, credible and peaceful elections in 2017.
This is more than double the funding provided by the EU in 2013.
The Ambassador of the European Union to Kenya, Stefano Dejak, has handed over the donation.
“The growth and prosperity every Kenyan deserves depends on ensuring political stability and the full respect of the will of each and every citizen especially on polling day. Kenya is fast progressing as one of the leading democratic market economies in Africa: the European Union stands firmly as a reliable friend to every Kenyan citizen to make sure their dreams will come true,” said Dejak.
The EU contribution will benefit the United Nations Development Programme basket fund established to support Kenyan institutions in their efforts to make sure that the vote of every Kenyan will be respected and will make a difference in 2017.
This would strengthen further Kenya’s democracy.
Meanwhile, Alojz Peterle, former Prime Minister of Slovenia and currently Member of the European Parliament is in Kenya to meet key institutions, in particular the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.
Peterle said in order to be ready for the 2017 election several steps needed to be taken such as timely legislative amendments, inclusive registration of voters and full participation of political parties and
“This is precisely the aim of the support the European Union is making available today, 18 months before the elections, to assist Kenya in improving further their capacity to run peaceful, credible and transparent elections,” said Peterle.
– CAJ News
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