Over 22,600 observers for Kenyan elections

Last Updated: Sunday, March 3, 2013 - 09:08

Nairobi: Kenya`s electoral body said Saturday it has registered 22,600 local and international observers to monitor Monday`s general elections in this east African nation, Xinhua reported.

A total of 20,000 domestic and 2, 600 international observers from Kenya, East Africa Community, Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), COMESA, the Africa Union, EU and the Carter Centre have all been accredited, said a top election official Issack Hassan here.

Kenya`s March 4 vote will be one of the most closely watched in Africa as an anxious campaign has divided the nation while raising fears of a repeat of the bloodshed which followed disputed 2007 elections.

Over 1,100 people were killed and 6,00,000 fled their homes after the 2007 polls.

The Monday`s polls will be held for the first time under the new constitution approved in August 2010.

IANS



First Published: Sunday, March 3, 2013 - 09:08

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