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Kenya election: Chief prosecutor orders inquiry into electoral commission

Kenya election: Chief prosecutor orders inquiry into electoral commission

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Kenya’s chief prosecutor has ordered an investigation into the electoral commission over possible misconduct in last month’s annulled vote.

The Supreme Court annulled the result of August 8, poll after finding irregularities and declaring it “neither transparent or verifiable.”

The electoral commission had declared incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta the winner by a margin of 1.4 million votes.
A re-run, originally scheduled for October 17, will be held on October 26.

Kenya’s Director of Public Prosecutions, Keriako Tobiko, asked the police and anti-corruption agency to investigate whether any electoral or criminal offences had been committed by members of the electoral commission.

He asked investigators to examine allegations that two senior opposition officials had gained illegal access to the commission’s servers.

The electoral commission (the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission) had announced that Kenyatta had won 54% against opposition leader Raila Odinga’s 44%.

But Odinga, of the National Super Alliance, went to court insisting that he had been cheated of victory.

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