EU observers warn against violence in Kenya election

EU election Observation Mission warn that Kenya could be hit by post-election violence

The European Union, EU has warned of possible violence in Kenya’s August elections.

“It is no secret that there are concerns about the possible outbreak of violence. This is not inevitable,” head of the EU Election Observation Mission Marietje Schaake said.

The warning came as the EU deployed observers ahead of the August 8, vote where President Uhuru Kenyatta is running against his long-time rival, Raila Odinga.

The vote is for a president as well as parliamentarians and senators, county governors and assembly members.

Advocacy group, Human Rights Watch said it had received reports of threats and voter intimidation in Naivasha, a flashpoint town after disputed elections in 2007 led to the deaths of over 1,100 people, while more than 600,000 more were displaced.

The last election, in 2013, was mostly peaceful.

BBC/Sammie Idika