Kenyan election official says process is flawed


IEBC commissioner Roselyn Akombe has resigned from the poll agency.

Some lauding her move and calling for the commission's chair to follow suit while others read mischief in the decision and claimed that she was sabotaging the October 26 elections. "I do no want to be party to such a mockery to electoral integrity", she said. She says it has been under a political siege ahead of next week's re-run, and that a credible election can't be held.

Local media reported Akombe fled to New York City fearing her safety.

The re-run was ordered by the Supreme Court on September 1 after it nullified the August 8 re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta, following a petition by opposition leader Raila Odinga.

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Since Odinga's appeal succeeded, however, worldwide monitors have urged Kenya not to attempt wholesale change of electoral law with such a short time between votes, arguing that this heightens the chances of another flawed ballot.

Kenyan law requires the repeat election to be held within 60 days of nullification of the original vote.

Kenya has witnessed weeks of streets protests leading to the deaths of several opposition supporters.

"The lessons from 2007/08 are too fresh, lest we forget", Akombe concluded on Wednesday. Odinga on Tuesday called off the daily demonstrations following the killings of some of his followers. He alleges that the commission has failed in institute necessary reforms to ensure a transparent and legal outcome.