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UK accused over Kenya poll

Kenyan presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta has accused Britain's High Commissioner to Kenya as having a "shadowy, sinister" involvement in the country's election.

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Foreign Office responds to Kenyan election claims

Commenting on allegations of election inference in Kenya, a Foreign Office spokesperson said:

“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.

“Claims of British interference, including by the High Commission, in the electoral process are entirely false and misleading. In particular:

  • Alongside six Independent observer missions and representatives from the rest of the diplomatic community, the UK has had 40 electoral observers accredited by the IEBC observing the elections across the country.
  • British soldiers currently in Kenya are here as part of the regular training programme at British Army Training Unit Kenya (BATUK) agreed with the Kenyan MoD. This routine exercise is completely unrelated to the Kenyan elections, and was planned nine months ago.
  • The UK does not have a position on the question of how to handle the rejected votes. That is for the IEBC, and if necessary Kenyan courts, to determine.

We urge all sides to ensure calm, avoid inflammatory statements, and to take any disputes to the courts.

– Foreign Office spokesperson

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