The government has urged Kenyans to embrace peace irrespective of the outcome of the August 9, elections.
Government Spokesman Cyrus Oguna said it is all systems go for the polls, with the ball now in the court of voters.
He noted that election is a contest which must have a winner and a loser, and must not be treated as a permanent disability.
As we prepare for that big day, we urge all to put peace ahead and vote with the future of this great country in mindCyrus Oguna
“Between now and the D-Day, we should be careful not to allow to be hoodwinked to accept to trade our birthright for unrealistic promises from politicians, some of whom are of dubious character,” said Oguna.
“It is therefore critical that on Tuesday, August 9, all registered voters come out to cast their vote,” he added.
He was addressing the press in Kisumu on Friday.
According to Oguna, all the players in the election process have done their bit, with the electorates now having the final word on who becomes their next leaders.
“As we prepare for that big day, we urge all to put peace ahead and vote with the future of this great country in mind,” Oguna said.
He added: “Today, we are among the most attractive investment destinations in Africa. These are peace dividends that have been made possible through the contribution of every citizen. “
“We must thus guard against the possibility of undermining our hard-earned stability by using our rights and privileges responsibly, lest we roll back all the gains that we have so far made.”
Oguna dismissed claims by a section of politicians that the government had plans to disrupt the exercise through the national administration.
He said chiefs have the responsibility to promote peace in their areas of jurisdiction, and not influence election.
“As Government, we wish to assure the public that we are committed to free and fair elections conducted in an environment of peace, and that all preparations for successful elections are complete,” he said.
“We must also appreciate that some of us want a two-minute fame, and the only way to become famous is by trying to use inaccurate narratives,” said noted.