Uncertainty over Kenya repeat poll even as ballot papers arrive

Violet Powell
October 24, 2017

"Her plan was very well calculated and she moved her family and luggage ahead of the Dubai trip while tricking the rest of the IEBC commissioners that she would join them only to land in New York", Raila said.

Heads of United Nations and African Union (AU) have expressed their organisations' commitment to assist Kenya in ensuring credible and transparent process in the forthcoming rerun of the recent presidential election.

Kenyan authorities will arrest and charge the sister of opposition leader Raila Odinga with incitement to violence after attacks on the election board, the chief prosecutor's office said on Monday.

Odinga had asked supporters not to participate in the repeat election because he said more reforms to the electoral commission were needed after the Supreme Court annulled an August 8 vote because of what it described as irregularities and illegalities.

The election has been marred by anti-IEBC protests and the resignation of a commissioner Roselyn Akombe who said the independent body can not hold a credible election.

"Attacks on IEBC must stop, no one is obliged to stand for office or to vote if they don't wish to", Ambassador Godec stated in a statement backed by twenty foreign envoys.

"Our constitution grants us the right to protest, and we will continue doing so peacefully despite being met with violence and intimidation each time".

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"We made it clear that we have no demands or conditions on this subject. But it is unsafe, and it must stop", the envoys added. "Now they really should deliver", he said.

But he also said attempts by the ruling party to change certain electoral laws ahead of the re-run were "unhelpful" and urged Kenyatta not to sign the amendments.

Speaking Monday, Kenya's security minister, Fred Matiangi, said police and security forces would ensure "a very peaceful election" on Thursday.

With just days to go before the scheduled vote the IEBC has suffered a series of upheavals.

Odinga's supporters disrupted a training session for election officials last week in the western city of Kisumu, which is his political stronghold.

Nevertheless, the IEBC has insisted it is ready to conduct the vote.

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