Kenyan Electoral Official Murdered Days Before National Vote

03 August, 2017, 00:43 | Author: Ora Austin
  • IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati during a briefing on the state of the August 8 General Election preparedness at the Bomas of Kenya on Saturday /JACK OWUOR

Elections in Kenya are full circumstances for financial specialists in light of the fact that a disagreement regarding the result of a 2007 vote activated two months of brutality that left 1,100 individuals dead.

Chebukati, who addressed journalists outside the Nairobi's city morgue, said the voting authority is working with police to find those responsible for Msando's death.

President Uhuru Kenyatta, seeking a second and final five-year term, is running against veteran opposition leader Raila Odinga.

"This brutal murder has sent a chill down the spine of many Kenyans and raised the spectre of violence", said Muthoni Wanyeki, Amnesty International's Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes.

Kenya has a history of political assassinations, extra judicial killings and electoral violence, especially around electoral seasons.

"We are demanding government provide security to all IEBC (electoral commission) staff".

Kenya's police chief Joseph Boinnet has said a special team from the Directorate of Criminal investigations has been set up to investigate Msando's murder.

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He had publicly sought to reassure voters that the results of the August 8 election would not be tampered with.

Chiloba now says that every ballot paper issued will have to be accounted for in a polling day diary with the Kenya Integrated Management System (KIEMS) gadget deployed to every polling center occasionally updating IEBC on the voter turnout against total registered members in the center. "So we can remember Chris best by participating in free, fair and credible elections".

Kenya had used a similar electronic system in the 2013 but it failed spectacularly, leading to manual counting of votes which some argued allowed for voter manipulation.

This news also comes at a time when the government has denied allegations by opposition parties that it is planning to deploy the military to swing the election to its favour.

"There was no doubt he was tortured and murdered", said the chairperson of the country's Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, IEBC, Wafula Chebukati.

He was one of a handful of officials who had the electoral commission's computer system passwords and knew the exact location of the servers to run the election.

Some analysts question the impact of economic factors, stressing that most Kenyans still vote along ethnic lines.

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