Former President John Mahama has been assigned to lead a 15-member Commonwealth Observer Group to monitor and report on the August 8, 2017 general elections in Kenya.

This will be the 5th Election in the East African country since 1991 when it ended its one party state rule.

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A statement signed by the Special Aide, Mrs Joyce B. Mogtari, stated that Mahama is expected in Nairobi a week before the election to visit various parts of the country and meet with the various political parties and their candidates.

Kenya's election

Kenya’s elections are scheduled to be held on August 8, and the race between the two leading presidential candidates is tightening.

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According to opinion polls, opposition leader Raila Odinga has a slight lead over incumbent president Uhuru Kenyatta.

Some measures put in place in the aftermath of the violent 2007 elections, according to reports appear to be working.