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Kenyan Election Official Quits, Says Board Not Ready For Credible Election

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) staff Roselyne Akombe has resigned from her job a week before a repeat presidential election, saying the election board was under siege and could not hold a credible election, a statement said.

In a statement issued from New York, Akombe said the repeat presidential election scheduled for October 26 as cannot meet the basic expectations of free, fair and credible election.

“The commission has become a party to the current crisis. The commission is under siege.” She said.

“The election, as planned, fell short of the test of credibility, she further added.

“We need the commission to be courageous and speak out that this election as planned cannot meet the basic expectations of a credible election.”

Roselyn Akombe is a member of the IEBC top panel.

The country’s Supreme Court on September 1 nullified the August 8 elections citing irregularities.

Last week opposition leader Raila Odinga withdrew from the poll, saying the elction board had not carried out reforms demanded by NASA.

Odinga has called daily demonstrations to protest against the election body. At least three people have been killed in the ensuing melee when the protests turned violent, Reuter’s reports.

Kenyatta has accused Odinga of pulling out of the race after sensing defeat and trying to cause chaos to force a negotiated settlement.

The election board has said the poll will go ahead with seven candidates on the ballot, including Odinga.

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