KENYAN ELECTIONS: ALN WISHES ODM LUCK AND CALLS FOR A PEACEFUL VOTING DAY

STATEMENT OF THE AFRICA LIBERAL NETWORK

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The Africa Liberal Network is Africa’s largest political affiliation, consisting of 45 member parties from over 25 countries. 

 

The largest political affiliation in Africa, the Africa Liberal Network, wishes every success to its Kenyan sister party, the Orange Democratic Movement, in the upcoming elections on 8 August. The ODM will be partaking in the election under the banner of presidential candidate, Raila Amolo Odinga.

As a long-time member of the ALN, the ODM is well-positioned to govern the best interests of all Kenyans. With the party’s strong record of liberal democracy, gender equality, and sound policies, the ALN urges all Kenyans to support ODM candidates across the country. The ALN embarked on an ambitious journey with the ODM in 2016 when it sought to support the growth and development of the party in order to win elections and go on to form a liberal government. The ALN’s Campaign and Organisational Development (COD) Unit supported the ODM in the run-up to polling day. Campaign experts, strategists, researchers and other election professionals was brought in by the ALN and its partners to develop the ODM’s ability to maximise its performance in the Kenyan parliamentary elections. Particular attention was paid to facilitating and supporting the participation of 15 aspiring women candidates in Kenyan politics. Workshops consisted of a range of sessions designed to develop and support the participants in various aspects of Kenyan political life by combining training sessions with the real-life experiences of other female politicians. A final training session in May 2017 focused on a particular candidate, Rahab Robi, and her campaign in her constituency in Migori county. With its strong manifesto for positive change, the ALN firmly believes that the ODM provides the solutions to the challenges faced by Kenyans, regardless of their ethnicity, race, gender, language or any other factor used for division by the party’s detractors.

The ALN calls on the Kenyan government to ensure that the upcoming elections will take place freely and fairly, allowing every Kenyan voter to cast their vote safely. Candidates are encouraged to denounce electoral violence, follow the electoral code of conduct and accept the results of the election unconditionally. The network takes note of worrying reports of violence and intimidation following the abduction, torture and murder of a high-level official of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), Christopher Chege Msando. He was one of a small number of officials who had access to the electoral commission’s computer system passwords and had knowledge of location of the servers that will be used in the upcoming elections. Similarly, there have been reports of foreigners working with the opposition being deported ahead of the elections. They were arrested, manhandled by police and had their computers confiscated, where after they were asked to leave the country. A raid on the office of the National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition on 4 August is also cause for concern. It was reported that 30 armed men, said to be police, entered the offices of the opposition coalition led by Odinga, confiscated equipment, computers and cameras, and took photos of staff’s identity documents. The ALN condemns any form of intimidation and violence and urges the Kenyan government, political parties and Kenyans to maintain peace and let the election take its course calmly, in order to avoid deaths and conflict as was the case in the 2007 elections when more than 1 000 people were killed and 500 000 people were internally displaced.

Irrespective of the outcome, the ALN will continue to support its sister-parties in fostering liberal values, not only in Kenya, but also across the continent. The Africa Liberal Network looks forward to continuing to build its relationship with the ODM, and looks forward to sharing its successes across the continent.

 

Media enquiries:

Zanie Ferreira (ALN Coordinator)
zanie.maree@africaliberalnetwork.org

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ALN WISHES SISTER-PARTIES LUCK IN UPCOMING SENEGALESE ELECTIONS

STATEMENT REGARDING UPCOMING SENEGALESE ELECTIONS

The largest political affiliation in Africa, the Africa Liberal Network, wishes every success to its Senegalese member parties, in the upcoming parliamentary elections on 30 July. Four full ALN member parties (APR-Yaakaar, PDS, PLC/DJ and Rewmi) will be partaking in the first parliamentary elections since 2007, which saw a coalition formed by the PDS to win the majority of the seats.

The ALN believes that these parties are all committed to seeing a better future for every Senegalese citizen, based on the rule of law, the protection of human rights and sound government policies. The ALN trusts that the upcoming elections will take place freely and fairly, allowing every Senegalese voter to cast their vote safely. Irrespective of the outcome, the ALN will continue to support its sister-parties in fostering liberal values, not only in Senegal, but also across the continent.

Media enquiries:

Zanie Ferreira (ALN Coordinator)
zanie.maree@africaliberalnetwork.org

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STATE OF EMERGENCY IN ZAMBIA AN ATTACK ON DEMOCRACY

STATEMENT OF THE AFRICA LIBERAL NETWORK

STEVENS MOKGALAPA MP, ALN PRESIDENT

 

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The Africa Liberal Network is Africa’s largest political affiliation, consisting of 45 member parties from over 25 countries. The following statement and remarks are provided by the newly-elected ALN President, Stevens Mokgalapa MP, the South African Shadow Minister for International Relations and Co-operation (Democratic Alliance).

The Africa Liberal Network condemns in the strongest possible terms, the approval by the Zambian government to extend the state of emergency in the country by a further 90 days. This comes short on the heels of the arrest of leader of the United Party for National Development (UPND), a full member of the ALN and Zambia’s largest opposition party, Mr Hakainde Hichilema, on charges of treason. The extended security measures decreed by President Edgar Lungu is nothing short of an attempt to stifle opposition to his government and cement his grip on power. The additional three-month period will place unlimited power in the President and security forces’ hands, which may be used to intimidate and threaten opposition parties and citizens alike. These measures include the prohibition of public meetings, the closure of roads, imposed curfews and restricted movements, all to be enforced by security forces.

Zambia, once a stellar example of a democracy in Africa, has recently been on a decline due to reports of human rights abuses as well as the erosion of political freedom. During the August 2016 elections, the governing party, the Patriotic Front (PF), was involved in the manipulation of votes and unlawful arrests of and violence against UPND members have been commonplace. This state of emergency sees the extension of such abuses of power by President Lungu and the PF.

The ALN lends full support to its sister-party in Zambia and calls for regional bodies such as the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and African Union (AU) to break their silence in light of the above events. As President of Africa’s largest political affiliation, I implore representatives and our member parties to uphold liberal values in securing the safety and freedom of all Zambians. The Democratic Alliance, ALN full-member in South Africa, has shown solidarity with the party leader, Mmusi Maimane MP, attempting a visit to Zambia, where he was unlawfully denied entry by border police. Furthermore, I have escalated this matter to our colleagues at Liberal International and their Human Rights Committee.

The ALN will continue to work tirelessly for the promotion of liberal values on the continent in order to achieve a better future for all Africans, based on the rule of law, freedom of expression and the entrenchment of human rights.

Media enquiries:

Zanie Ferreira (ALN Coordinator)
zanie.maree@africaliberalnetwork.org