Kenyan election IT head found dead

Kenyan election IT head found dead

Kenyan election IT head found dead

The information technology manager of the Kenyan Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), Chris Msando, was found dead in a suspected assassination just one week ahead of the presidential election.

Police found his body and took it to the mortuary on Saturday, officials said. Mssando had been reported missing a few days ago.

Commission Chairman Wafula Chebukati said Monday there is no doubt Msando was "tortured and killed", adding that, in the commission's mind, "the only issue is who killed him and why". Before his murder, Mr. Msando announced that the system could not be hacked.

"We view this incident as a crime of grave proportions", said Boinnet.

As with the card reader device used in Nigeria's elections of 2015, the Kenya Integrated Electoral Management System, KIEMS, is to be used to identify voters and transmit results. Chebukati said they have postponed a test run of the technology scheduled for Monday because Msando was crucial in the process.

A nationwide poll released Tuesday by Infotrak said support for main opposition leader Raila Odinga, whose popularity has been growing in recent weeks, was at 49 percent while Kenyatta was at 48 percent.

Odinga's opposition alliance NASA condemned the "heinous murder" of Msando, saying in a statement they were "gravely concerned" about its implications.

The U.S. and Britain also offered help in finding the culprits behind the brutal murder.

His demise is coming three days after the western town residence of Kenya's Deputy President, William Ruto, was attacked by unknown gunmen but fortunately, Ruto and his family were absent when the assailants struck.

Analysts have warned that further violence could accompany the election in which Kenyatta is running again. Many Kenyans already distrust the courts and the election commission, he said. Political protests and ethnic violence killed more than 1,200 people. "None of them can afford to lose".

Chebukati said the IEBC will carry on Msando's work.

Kenya's president said Tuesday he is "deeply shocked" by the torture and killing of an election official who was crucial to next week's presidential vote, while concerns grew that the tightly contested election again will face unsafe unrest.

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