Big win for IEBC as presidential ballot papers arrive

JOHN CHESOLI

JOHN CHESOLI

A key Kenyan electoral authority official who disappeared three days back has been discovered dead, seven days before the nation holds presidential decisions, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission said. It has been reported he feared for his life.

Details about the lady who was found dead alongside IEBC ICT Manager Chris Msando have been revealed.

Msando had been in charge of doing a test run of the voting technology on Monday.

It was unclear why it took 48 hours for his body to be identified.

"The killing of the IT savvy Msando was extrajudicial and this has hit a red-line in the country". Though the 2013 election - also between Mr. Kenyatta and Mr. Odinga - was much more peaceful, many questioned the results, blaming Mr. Odinga's loss in part on a failure of the electronic voting system.

Mr. Msando's body is now at Lee Funeral Home in Nairobi. Musando was reported missing by the elections body on Sunday, 30 July.

Msando had last been heard from early Saturday - when he sent a text message to a colleague.

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"Msando's killing could have huge ramifications for Kenya's elections given his pivotal role in the preparations", said Otsieno Namwaya of Human Rights Watch.

The FBI and Scotland Yard may be brought in to investigate the murder of an election official in Kenya and a woman he was thought to be having an affair with, just days before the country's general election.

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

The statement from Boinnet says "police will work with the IEBC with a view to ensuring that all Commission employees are accorded the requisite security to enable them to discharge their mandate".

Kenyatta has repeatedly denied accusations leveled by the opposition that he wants to use force to rig the elections.

Odinga's opposition alliance condemned the "heinous murder" of Msando, saying in a statement they were "gravely concerned" about its implications.

The murder comes as fears were already soaring that Kenya could face a reprise of the bitter crisis sparked by a disputed presidential election in December 2007, which was followed by up to 1,500 deaths, massive dislocation and rising tribal tensions.

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