NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Envoys from the
European Union and 23 Western countries said the decision Friday
of the Supreme Court of Kenya annulling the Aug. 8 presidential
election was "an important moment" for the east African country.
"The court’s independent review has demonstrated Kenya’s
resilient democracy and commitment to the rule of law," the 24
envoys said in a joint statement.
"The Kenyan people showed patience and confidence as the
legal case ran its course."
The statement urged Kenya’s electoral institutions to begin
preparing for a new presidential poll, which has to be held
within 60 days.
"We urge everyone to work to make it free, fair, credible,
"We have trust in the ability of Kenya and its citizens to do
"All electoral processes can be improved, and we will
continue to support Kenya’s institutions in this important
work," the statement added.
"The transparent legal process and the parties’ respect for
the court’s decision reflect the strength of Kenya’s democracy."
"At this historic time, we stand with all Kenyans as they
support and reaffirm their democracy, which is an example for
Africa and the world," the statement said.
In addition to the EU, the envoys who signed on the statement
are from Austria, Australia, Belgium, Britain, Canada, Czech
Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland,
Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania,
Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States.
The Kenyan supreme court, in nullifying the results of the
election, cited "irregularities and illegalities" committed by
the electoral board that harmed the integrity of the vote.