Kenya’s electoral body allays rigging fears

KENYA’S  electoral commission has provided all political parties with a list of its returning officers.



IEBC commissioner Roslyn Akombe confirmed the release of the list on Friday and challenged politicians and parties to identify any member of the security forces on it.



Her sentiments were in response to the opposition, which on Thursday claimed the ruling Jubilee Party had hired 42 police and military officers to rig the election.



Akombe sought to allay fears of hacking, saying the IEBC had hired cyber-security experts from top global technology companies to help guard against breaches.


The experts from partner service providers, she said, would help secure the Kenya Integrated Election Management System (KIEMS).



Meanwhile, President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday told the African Union that the opposition was engaged in a campaign to force the postponement of the August elections.



At a meeting with an African Union elections observer team led by former South African president Thabo Mbeki, President Kenyatta spoke of a pattern of actions by National Super Alliance leaders that he said demonstrated their resolve to sabotage the elections.



Moussa Faki, the Chadian chairman of the AU Commission, accompanied Mbeki to the meeting at State House, Nairobi.



President Kenyatta said the opposition was aiming for chaos and was not interested in a fair contest where voters chose the victorious.




“We have persistently declared that we are ready to accept the will of the people, but the opposition adamantly refuses to submit itself to that commitment. The reason is simple -subversion of the will of Kenyans,” said President Uhuru. – Daily Nation Kenya

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