Kenya poll commissioner quits, says election can not be "credible"

Kenya poll commissioner quits, says election can not be

Kenya poll commissioner quits, says election can not be "credible"

"We need the commission to be courageous and speak out, that this election as planned can not meet the basic expectations of a credible election", she said. Akombe said that she had questioned her role at the commission for many months, but had "soldiered on". Not when in parts of country, the training of presiding officers is being rushed for fear of attacks from protestors.

One of Kenya's eight election commissioners quit today in a searing statement accusing her colleagues of political bias and saying an upcoming presidential election can not be credible.

Then on October 10, Odinga himself pulled out of the election saying it would be impossible to be free and fair under the current commission - something Akombe appeared to confirm in her statement. It ordered a new election, which will be October 26.

The re-run was ordered by the Supreme Court on September 1 after it nullified the august. "The commission is under siege", she wrote.


The election board said it has conducted some reforms and the vote will go ahead with seven candidates including Raila Odinga on the ballot.

He spoke hours after one of the body's seven commissioners fled to NY, saying that she feared for her life after anonymous threats.

She said electoral staffers are getting last-minute instructions on changes in technology and electronic transmission of results. "I do not want to be party to such a mockery to electoral integrity", Roselyn Akombe wrote in the statement from NY. 8 re-election of president Uhuru Kenyatta, following a petition by opposition leader Raila Odinga.

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