A supporter of the opposition National Super Alliance coalition carries a stone mounted on a sling during a demonstration along a street of Kisumu, Kenya, this week.
A supporter of the opposition National Super Alliance coalition carries a stone mounted on a sling during a demonstration along a street of Kisumu, Kenya, this week.
 A Kenyan election official yesterday resigned a week ahead of a disputed repeat of the presidential election, saying the poll would not be credible because the electoral commission was “under siege”.

“The commission in its current state can surely not guarantee a credible election on October 26. I do not want to be party to such a mockery of electoral integrity,” Roselyn Akombe said from New York, after fleeing Kenya.

“The commission has become a party to the current crisis with commissioners ready to vote along partisan lines and not discuss the merit of issues before them,” Akombe added.

Staff had been receiving last-minute instructions to change technology and electronic transmission of results, intimidated by political stakeholders and fearing for their lives, according to Akombe.

A repeat poll was announced after the Supreme Court nullified the result of the August 8 election after opposition leader Raila Odinga lodged a complaint, claiming that the computers of the electoral commission had been hacked to generate a victory for Kenyatta.

Odinga demanded electoral reform.

 - dpa