The leaders of election observer groups for the Commonwealth and the African Union (AU) held a joint press conference in Nairobi today.
John Mahama, chair of the Commonwealth Observer Group, is a former President of Ghana. Thabo Mbeki, head of the AU team, is a former President of South Africa.
Both men called for calm ahead of Kenya’s vote, which takes place on 8 August. Their joint message was to ask voters to participate in a peaceful election, avoiding the widespread violence and displacement that took place after voting in 2007.
Eight candidates are standing for president.
Below is the full statement signed by John Mahama