Published: Wed, August 02, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

Kenya votes: Ballot papers for keen presidential polls set - IEBC

Kenya votes: Ballot papers for keen presidential polls set - IEBC

Senior IEBC officials are now at the City Mortuary, Nairobi where his body is.

Chris Msando, an ICT manger with the IEBC, had gone missing on Friday.

Police found his Land Rover Discovery near a shopping centre early yesterday.

According to reports, before his death, Musando, one of the few persons with knowledge on the location of IEBC servers, had reported to the police about death threats on him by unknown persons.

Elections in Kenya are fraught times for investors because a dispute over the outcome of a 2007 vote triggered two months of violence that left 1,100 people dead. "We are demanding government provide security to all IEBC (electoral commission) staff".

In a statement Monday, U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec and his British counterpart Nic Hailey said their countries are "gravely concerned by the murder" and have offered to help with the investigation.

The new Kenya Integrated Electoral Management System (KIEMS) developed by Msando will count and transmit this election's results.

Msando's death follows a mysterious attack at the home of deputy president William Ruto on Saturday, northwest of Nairobi.

Tension is high as the presidential election is expected to be a close race between incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta and long-time opponent Raila Odinga. We welcome the Government of Kenya's commitment to investigating the murder.

As IT manager for the IEBC, Mr. Msando was tasked with overseeing the commission's electronic voting system, which is supposed to eliminate voter fraud.

Kenyatta has repeatedly denied accusations leveled by the opposition that he wants to use force to rig the elections.

A special team from the Directorate of Criminal investigations had been set up to investigate Msando's murder, said police chief Joseph Boinnet.

Both sides have much at stake in this election, said Murithi Mutiga, a senior analyst for the International Crisis Group.

Kenya had used a similar electronic system in the 2013 but it failed spectacularly, leading to manual counting of votes which some argued allowed for voter manipulation.

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