NGO Council Praised for Carrying out Effective Sensitization for Fair Elections

Professor Scot Taylor, Georgetown University USA

Mr Cheboi said the 2010 new constitution was the product of a three-decade fierce battle by civil society against a “hawkish” establishment

By The Weekly Vision Online

A 15-man strong team of scholars from the Georgetown University, the USA who arrived in the country for a one week visit have told the NGO Council of Kenya to lead the campaign in monitoring observe and audit the August 9th general election in Kenya.

The scholars led by Professor Scot Taylor head of the department of African studies at the university warned against a repeat of the deadly 2007-08 post-election violence.

Mr Cheboi urged the guests to help partner and support ongoing NGO efforts to build on social-economic gains made in the last 4 decades saying there was still a myriad of challenges but many successes had been recorded

Professor Taylor was speaking during the one-hour bench-marking session with top officials of the National Council of NGOs in Kenya on Wednesday, May 18 from 11 AM- to noon. Taylor praised Kenya’s civil society for carrying out effective sensitization for peaceful, free and fair general elections but stressed the need for constant vigilance.

Chairman of the National Council of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) Stephen Cheboi

Council chairman Stephen Kipchumba Cheboi said Kenya’s civil society had helped expand “democratic space” since the quest for a new constitution and multi-party elections in 1992. Mr Cheboi said the 2010 new constitution was the product of a three-decade fierce battle by civil society against a “hawkish” establishment. He said NGOs were engaged in peacebuilding, Education empowerment, and public health community education.

Cheboi urged the guests to help partner and support ongoing NGO efforts to build on social-economic gains made in the last 4 decades saying there was still a myriad of challenges but many successes had been recorded. He announced that the NGO planned National Women Peace Walk would be held in all the 47 counties to underscore the need for peaceful, free fair and verifiable elections.

Cheboi invited the guests to participate in the Saturday peace walk and send observers to the August election to help audit Kenya’s international threshold of conducting free and fair elections. The guests later paid a courtesy call to the Nairobi county commissioner and the speaker of the Senate Ken Lusaka.

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