BY FELIX OLICK
But the new envoy said his Government was keen to ensure that polls are credible, peaceful and acceptable to Kenyans.
“Our job is not to back any candidate over the other. We want the elections to be credible, to be safe, to be fair to be peaceful and we will do all we can to support that outcome. But in terms of the individual, its for Kenyans to decide,” maintained Dr Turner.
The High Commissioner, however, said his Government supports the International Criminal Court (ICC) process to ensure that victims of the 2007/2008 post-poll mayhem get justice.
“We support an end to impunity. It’s important that Kenya’s co-operation with the ICC continues. Polls consistently show that majority of citizens support it and that justice is central to the new Kenya,” he said.
Turner reiterated the British Government supports key institutions like the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission and Commission of Implementation of the Constitution to realise their mandates.
He urged MPs to maintain the letter and spirit of the new law when passing legislation citing the Leadership and Integrity Bill.
The diplomat was speaking when he paid a call on the Standard Group Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive Paul Melly at the Standard Group Centre, Thursday.
Mr Melly promised that the Standard Group will always remain accurate and balanced in its news coverage even as the country heads to elections.
He promised that the company will continue to allocate equal time and space for those competing for political office and reiterated commitment to editorial independence.
“We have an independent editorial policy that has been signed by myself and the chairman that delegates the authority of managing content to editors. Nothing that comes in the course of churning out content comes from the management,” assured Melly.