Kenya Election: IEBC worried over attacks on staff & murder of electoral official

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission(IEBC) of Kenya has released a statement on the staff murder and harassment of other officials.

The IEBC has also indefinitely postponed Kakamega and Mombasa Gubernatorial elections citing intimidation of staff.

The IEBC said it was concerned about the harassment of its staff who they say objectively and impartially performed their duties.

The electoral body said its electoral officers who are tallying the results are being harassed and threatened through profiling and arbitrary arrests.

It particularly mentioned that the chairman Wafula Chebukati and Commissioners Prof. Abdi Guliye and Boya Molu and others were assaulted on the day of the declaration of the results.

Kenya’s opposition leader Raila Odinga has rejected the result announced on Monday and announced that he will pursue “all legal options,” apparently signaling that the dispute that has gripped the East African country is likely to be decided at its Supreme Court.

According to him the results pronounced by the electoral commission in favor of his rival, William Ruto — 50.5 percent of votes against 48.9 percent for Mr. Odinga — was “a travesty and a blatant disregard of the constitution and the laws of Kenya”.

The results are “null and void and must be quashed by a court of law,” he added.


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