Kenya’s next general elections will be held on Monday March, 4 2013. The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission announced the date on Saturday at a  press conference held in Nairobi.

The Electoral Commission Chairman Isaack Hassan said his commission had been forced to set the date for the elections after the two principals, Kenya’s President Mwai  Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga failed to agree on an appropriate date.

It’s been no mean feat – the Commission has had its fair share of challenges,  navigating through “polarising opinions, misconception, and high (often unrealistic) expectations to come up with what may satisfy most of the people”.

The decision will help to alleviate at least some of the anxiety Kenyans locally and abroad have experienced waiting for this announcement.

Many are praying and hoping these coming elections are run peacefully, given the fracas caused in the 2007/08 polls, and the subsequent scandal involving Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and Eldoret North MP William Ruto being called to trial at the International Criminal Court for heir alleged actions in that election.

Excerpted from Kenya’s Standard newspaper – 17/03/2012

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