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Gideon Moi lands new role with the Commonwealth amid Kanu crisis

By Nyaboga Kiage January 17th, 2023 2 min read

Kanu leader Gideon Moi has landed a new role with the Commonwealth amid the internal crisis in his political party.

Nairobi News has established that Mr Moi is part of a group of election observers who are currently in Caribbean nation Antigua and Barbuda.

Mr Moi was picked to join the team just five months after he lost in the Baringo County Senatorial seat and a time when his longtime ally and former Kanu Secretary General Nick Salat, ditched him for President William Ruto.

In a statement released by the Commonwealth, the Chair of the Commonwealth Observer group in the country asked members of the country to ensure that they turn up in large numbers and vote for their favourite leaders.

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Danny Faure, who is the former Seychelles Head of State said it will be important when the voters pick the leaders of their choice in the polls slated for Wednesday, January 18, 2023.

“The importance of the elections in a democracy as the ultimate expression of the will of the people cannot be understated. Casting a vote is a fundamental human right and we hope the citizens of Antigua and Barbuda will keenly exercise this right on elections day,” Faure said.

The Commonwealth said that the group will be deployed across the country to play the role of observing the elections before and after.

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Some of the duties they will engage in include voting, counting and results process at polling stations.

They said that an interim statement of their observations will be issued shortly after the day of the elections.

“The task we have been given is one we take seriously and will undertake solemnly in compliance with international standards for the conduct of international observers,” he said.

In the next few days, the observers will engage in a beehive of activities as they will be receiving a series of briefings from political parties, civil society, women’s and youth groups.

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They will also have a series of meetings with the media to gain a better understanding of the mood in the country.

Following the election, the group will submit its recommendations in a report to the Commonwealth Secretary-General, who will forward it to the Government of Antigua and Barbuda, the country’s Electoral Commission, the leadership of political parties taking part in the elections and all Commonwealth governments. The report will be made public shortly after this.

The group’s eminent members include serving and former politicians, elections professionals and journalists, hailing from Jamaica, Kenya, Seychelles, St Vincent and the Grenadines and the United Kingdom.

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