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Kenyan Electoral Commission official resigns

NAIROBI – A member of Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has resigned, saying the planned October 26 repeat election will not meet the basic expectations of a credible and fair election.

Commissioner Roselyn Akombe announced her resignation on Wednesday in a statement sent from New York, where she was based before IEBC.

“The commission in its current state can surely not guarantee a credible election on October 26. I do not want to be party to such a mockery to electoral integrity,” she said.

Akombe had had earlier told BBC on Wednesday morning, she went to New York after fearing for her life.

She was quoted by the Daily Nation on Wednesday that IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati is under siege.

She cited Tuesday attacks on IEBC staff as they trained in Kisumu, Siaya and Homa Bay, saying the environment under which the repeat is set be held has been poisoned.

“It broke my heart in the last few days to listen to my staff in the field, majority of whom truly want to do the right thing, express to me their safety and security concerns,” she said

“I shared detailed reports from staff in four of the counties most hit by the ongoing protests — Nairobi, Siaya, Kisumu, and Homa Bay— with the hope that this will bring sobriety to our decision making. Instead this was met with more extremist responses from most commissioners, who are keen to have an election even if it is at the cost of the lives of our staff and voters,” she said.

Akombe was supposed to be part of a team that is in Dubai to monitor the printing of ballot papers by Al Ghurair.

After the August 8 poll, Dr Akombe was ordered out of a plane at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport while she was on her way to New York. IEBC, however, downplayed the incident, terming it a “delay”.

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1 comment

rezen Oct 18, 2017 at 6:11 pm

Subject: Kenyan Electoral Commission official resigns, [www. Alleastafrica.com] Oct 18, 2017

Commentry, 18 Oct. 2017
Sooner or later the TRUTH comes out. It NEVER fails, long as it may take. It was obviously known by so many observers about the Kenyan Electoral Commission. I hope they come out clean – good for their souls.

In Africa, DEMOCRATIC FREE ELECTION is a charade. Let us admit it! It was never meant to give the African People the freedom to elect their own leaders. NEVER. With that fundamental TRUISM, no body in his/her right mind would expect a civilized, fair, open election system in modern Africa. PERIOD!

Africa has been completely ‘dis-cultured’ a long time ago from its own way of Life by hungry ‘strange’ murderous who had ‘strange’ way of doing things to Africa. And Africa was never the same since then. it lost its INNER CHARACTER for ever. Yes, Africa is left to wither with the wind – from every direction.

Here we have a QUOTE “A member of Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) [Dr. Roselyn Akombe] has resigned [safely from New York, USA], saying the planned October 26 repeat election will not meet the basic expectations of a credible and fair election.” UNQUOTE https://www.alleastafrica.com It is a diplomatic way of saying that the African Election was, still is and will forever be , just a farce. Classical TRAGEDY.

Is there anything left? If in doubt, please see (intently) the photo of a fiery leader accompanying an article here at alleastafrca.com , entitled: “Uhuru warns NASA [*] over poll ‘disruption’ Oct 18, 2017”. The inherent message is all over the face in the photo. It is not a message to be taken lightly. Look at it deeply – and what you see is REAL. We know where Kenya is dangerously heading. After all, WE AFRICANS, should NEVER forget the starting point of a massacre of eight-hundred-thousand (800,000) Rwandans, in broad day light. The culprits are still alive: healthy and stronger than ever! FRIGHTENING!!! ————————–
Footnote: [*] For a moment, I was lost thinking about the “NASA” of the Good Old USA!!! But then, as a GLOBAL FORCE, is there anything/or any place that the USA is not involved in or upon ?!?

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