Kenyan election official quits, saying election not ‘credible’ 

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“It is not too late to save our country from this crisis. We need just a few men and women of integrity to stand up and say that we cannot proceed with the election… as currently planned,” she wrote.

Ms Akombe, who took a break from a job at the United Nations to serve as an election commissioner, had become a familiar face on television programmes explaining the election process to Kenyans.

Her resignation is likely to further stoke anxiety that has been mounting in the run up to the election.

Mistakes ‘likely to be repeated’ 

After the August 8 vote, veteran opposition leader Raila Odinga quickly cried foul over the counting process, accusing election officials of rigging the vote in Kenyatta’s favour.

His victory in getting the Supreme Court to overturn the result was a shock to many, and hailed as a sign of the country’s maturing democracy and institutions.

However the decision has been followed by acrimony, legal battles and confusion over how to carry out a new election that is credible, in the constitutionally mandated 60-day period.

Mr Odinga last week announced he was withdrawing from the race, arguing the move would legally force the IEBC to begin the whole process from scratch, which would allow more time for deep reforms.

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