Roselyn Akombe resigns from poll agency

Elias Hubbard
October 18, 2017

Roselyn Akombe has bowed out just 7 days to repeat presidential election.

Politicians, pundits, celebrities and other Kenyans alike have expressed have expressed mixed reactions over the resignation.

"The commission in its current state can surely not guarantee a credible election on October 26".

Akombe, one of eight commissioners, released a statement from her location in NY. "We need just a few men and women of integrity to stand up and say that we can not proceed with the now planned", she wrote.

The IEBC commissioner said some of IEBC commissioners were keen to have an election even if it is at the cost of the lives of their staff and voters at large.

Akombe has been one of the most vocal commissioners at the electoral commission and her role was seen as significant, but she says it became increasingly hard to continue discharging her duties.

Kenya's Supreme Court nullified President Uhuru Kenyatta's August re-election, citing illegalities and irregularities, and ordered a fresh election, which will be held next week.

According to the statement, Akombe says IEBC staff are being intimidated by political actors and protestors and the fear for their lives. However, in the aftermath opposition leader Raila Odinga successfully petitioned the court to cast out the result, alleging that the electoral commissions' computers had been hacked.

Announcing his withdrawal, Odinga said: "All indications are that the election scheduled for 26 October will be worse than the previous one".

"There is a very high likelihood that the mistakes that some of the presiding officers made during the last election will be repeated", Akombe told the BBC.

On Tuesday, Odinga called off daily protests that were meant to demand reforms to Kenya's electoral system, claiming that he feared fatal police retaliation.

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