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Kenya General Election, 27 December 2002

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These Election Reports are the observations, conclusions and recommendations of Commonwealth Observer Groups. The SecretaryGeneral constitutes these observer missions at the request of governments and with the agreement of all significant political parties. At the end of a mission, a report is submitted to the SecretaryGeneral, who makes it available to the government of the country in question, the political parties concerned and to all Commonwealth governments. The report eventually becomes a public document.

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Introduction

Following an invitation from the Foreign Minister of Kenya in October 2002, Commonwealth Secretary-General Don McKinnon sent an Assessment Mission to Kenya from 11 to 16 November. Its purpose was to determine whether the major political parties and civil society would welcome the presence of Commonwealth Observers and to ensure that observers would have open access to polling stations and be permitted to pursue their mandate. The Mission concluded that there was broad support for the presence of such a Group and that the Group would be free to fulfil its mandate. The Secretary-General therefore decided to constitute a Commonwealth Observer Group, consisting of nine observers led by Professor Adebayo Adedeji and a staff team of five officials from the Commonwealth Secretariat led by Professor Ade Adefuye. (The composition of the Commonwealth Observer Group is at Annex I.)

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