Kenyan Electoral Agency Says Senior ICT Official Has Gone Missing

  • Manager goes missing as agency prepares to test voting system
  • President Kenyatta faces opposition’s Odinga in Aug. 8 vote

People watch Raila Odinga debate in Nairobi on July 24, 2017.

Photographer: Simon Maina/AFP/Getty Images

Kenya’s electoral authority said one of its Information & Communications Technology managers has gone missing as the agency prepares to test its electronic-voting and results-transmissions ahead of next week’s elections.

The manager, identified by the Nairobi-based Daily Nation newspaper as Christopher Chege Musando, was last seen on the night of July 28, the Independent Electoral & Boundaries Commission said in a statement on its Twitter account on Sunday. The vehicle Musando was driving when he was last seen was found at a parking lot in Nairobi early Monday morning, the Star newspaper reported, citing Kenyan police.

“The matter has been reported to the police and the commission together with family members is working closely with the police to establish his whereabouts,” the IEBC said.

Elections in Kenya are fraught times for investors because a dispute over the outcome of a 2007 vote triggered two months of violence that left 1,100 people dead. Last month, Kenya’s main opposition leader Raila Odinga accused the IEBC of plotting to rig the election. The former prime minister, who is challenging incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta, has previously warned there may be violence if the electoral authority fails to ensure this year’s process, to be held on Aug. 8, is credible.

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