Kenya protesters attack election training site

Roselyn Akombe

"We need just a few men and women of integrity to stand up and say that we can not proceed with the election on (October 26) as now planned".

Chebukati noted with concern failed attempts to persuade a majority of the Commissioners to adopt critical changes before next week's repeat presidential election, attempts he said were defeated by the majority.

Mr. Chebukati says he has given credence to this view and has given the politicians the "yellow card".

Odinga last week pulled out of the race, arguing that the mistakes that brought about the annulment of the vote was most likely to be repeated because reforms have not been carried out at the electoral body.

Akombe accused IEBC of becoming party to the current political crisis in the country and said her decision to quit the commission also borders on threats to her life.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga had petitioned the court to overturn the result, claiming hackers infiltrated the commission servers and altered the results in favor of Kenyatta.

The resignation of IEBC commissioner Roselyn Akombe is the top trend at the moment on social media after Kenyans woke up to the news that she had resigned from the poll agency.

Throwing a possible bombshell into an already chaotic election season, the head of Kenya's election authority on Wednesday said he could not guarantee that next week's elections would meet standards of fairness.

"Under such conditions it's hard to guarantee free, fair and credible elections", he said.

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However, the incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta is undeterred by Akombe's decision to flee the country and has restated his commitment to the poll which will take place next week.

Protesters in the opposition stronghold of Kisumu city in western Kenya threw chairs and destroyed tents where an election training camp was being set up for officials.

However, in a tweet, the electoral commission said it regrets Dr Akombe's resignation and will issue a detailed statement on the issue in due course.

Akombe urged Kenyans to remember the violence that followed a disputed 2007 poll, when more than 1,200 people were killed.

Political uncertainty has blunted Kenya's economy.

"We walk towards the declared date of the 26th of October both as a God-fearing leadership and government", Kenyatta said in a televised speech on Wednesday.

He said the government wants Odinga to run but could not force him. She told BBC radio she fled to NY after receiving numerous threats that she said came from both sides.

At least 37 people have died in violence since the August vote, including four killed in confrontations between police and protesters in the past week.

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