- Former US Secretary of State John Kerry represents the Carter Centre as an observer in the Kenya general Election
- Joh Kerry unsuccessfully vied for the 2004 United States Election against George Bush
Former US Secretary of State John Kerry, has today addressed the media on Kenya’s 2017 General Election.
In a press briefing held in Nairobi, Kerry who represents the Carter Center as an observer said that the they had witnessed the openness of the process.
“…I was taken through the process by a lady before she sent the 34A forms…she eventually sent the form and everyone was happy,” he answered a journalist
He also confirmed that he had had a meeting with Raila Odinga on Wednesday evening where the NASA Presidential aspirant raised his concerns over the IEBC transmission of results.
“We have listened to Odinga's concerns and they deserve to be addressed,“ he said. Kerry however, condemned ‘loose statements’ by some leaders as he took a jab at press briefing held by NASA on Wednesday.
“…You can't have a leader saying to his supporters; remain calm but when required, we will call you to action. That doesn't help “ He remarked.
Kerry who ran for US presidential seat in 2004 said that Kenyan leaders ought to learn to accept to move on after a fair process because he had had a first-hand loss experience as politician in the United States.
“I have lost before, “ he said to laughter of those present.
Kerry pointed out that he lost Presidential elections in the United States by one state and wasn’t really happy about it at the time. “I had a lot of issues to raise about my loss in Ohio State, but I moved on.”
In way addressing the presidential aspirants in Kenya election, the former Secretary of State said that leaders owe it to the electorate to accept loss in an election.
Kerry however, added that if political aspirants felt aggrieved and dissatisfiedby the outcome of the results, they should use the judicial system to deal with the disagreement.
“I know what it means to lose an election. You however must move on. If it's Mr Kenyatta who loses, he must be prepared to cede power. If it's Mr Odinga he must be ready to accept”
Kerry said that the authenticity of the questioned transmitted results would only be confirmed by availability of forms 3A at the national tally centre.
“The process isn’t over yet, “he pointed out, urging Kenyans to give IEBC the chance to finish their job.