Roselyn Akombe

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BBC World Service Newsday programme

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Roselyn Akombe stated she didn’t “really feel protected sufficient to have the ability to go house” within the foreseeable future

Kenya is unable to carry credible elections subsequent week, a senior member of the nation’s electoral fee (IEBC) has instructed the BBC.

Roselyn Akombe stated the IEBC was underneath political “siege”, unable to succeed in consensus or take any selections.

Now in the US, she stated she had feared for her security whereas in Kenya after receiving quite a few threats.

Final week, opposition chief Raila Odinga pulled out of the 26 October presidential run-off.

The Supreme Courtroom annulled the results of the unique eight August ballot, which noticed present President Uhuru Kenyatta declared winner, after discovering irregularities.

“Wouldn’t it be a reputable election? Completely not,” Ms Akombe stated in an interview with the BBC’s Newsday programme.

“There’s a very excessive probability that the errors that a few of the presiding officers made over the past election shall be repeated.”

Talking from New York, she stated it was not attainable to make adjustments internally on the IEBC (Unbiased Electoral and Boundaries Fee).

The fee was underneath “siege”, Ms Akombe stated, including that it had not applied all the needed measures to have the ability to conduct credible elections.

She stated IEBC members had been voting alongside partisan traces, with out discussing completely different points on benefit.

Commissioners and different IEBC personnel have been going through intimidation by political actors and protesters, Ms Akombe stated.

She additionally revealed that she herself had acquired a variety of nameless threats, and had been put underneath strain to resign.

“I’ve by no means felt the type of worry that I felt in my very own nation.”

She stated she didn’t “really feel protected sufficient to have the ability to go house” within the foreseeable future.

The IEBC has thus far made no public feedback on the difficulty.

Mr Odinga, who leads the opposition – the Nationwide Tremendous Alliance (Nasa) – stated final week: “Now we have come to the conclusion that there isn’t any intention on the a part of the IEBC to undertake any adjustments to its operations and personnel.

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Media captionRaila Odinga: “The election (on 26 October) shall be worse than the earlier”

“All indications are that the election scheduled for 26 October shall be worse than the earlier one.”

Mr Odinga has organised a collection of protests in opposition to the IEBC in current weeks.

In the meantime, Mr Kenyatta says he is able to proceed with the brand new vote as deliberate.

“Now we have no downside going again to elections. We’re positive we’ll get extra votes than the final time.”

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Uhuru Kenyatta had gained the August ballot with 54% of the vote, the IECB stated

“We’re additionally telling him it’s the individuals’s proper to decide on their chief. It’s their sovereign proper to decide on their chief of alternative,” Mr Kenyatta stated.

The nation’s electoral fee stated Mr Kenyatta had gained the August vote by a margin of 1.four million votes – or 54% of the overall, in comparison with Mr Odinga’s 45%.