Kenya’s chief prosecutor has ordered police and an anti-corruption agency to investigate the country’s election commission for alleged “irregularities and illegalities” in August’s annulled presidential poll. Director of public prosecutions Keriako Tobiko said on the wide-ranging investigations into the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) must be completed within 21 days. The election board had said incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta won the contest by 1.4 million votes, but the opposition said the country’s electronic voting system had been hacked and the results were doctored. A fresh presidential election between Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga is due on October 26.
Kobiko also said police and the anti-corruption agency should investigate allegations made by Odinga’s National Super Alliance (NASA) against 11 senior IEBC commissioners accused of offences, and allegations from Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party that two senior NASA leaders, Musalia Mudavadi and James Orengo, illegally accessed IEBC records.
Kenya’s Supreme Court annulled the August 8 presidential election, in which Kenyatta was declared winner, after a legal challenge from Odinga.