Probe death of Kenya election IT head - Mahama

President Uhuru Kenyatta in Wote Makueni County

Mahama acknowledged that ethnic tension and hate speech had risen in the past few days, especially following the murder of Kenya's electoral commission IT chief, Chris Msando.

"We wish all the candidates the best DUA team of election observers led by Mr. Peter Mac Manu have signed a code of conduct with the IEBC of Kenya", said DUA Secretary General, Charles Owiredu, in a press release.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) under the Chairmanship of Mr. Wafula Chebukati has the constitutional mandate in Article 88 (4)(h) of Kenya's constitution to oversee the conduct of a successful general election in an impartial, free, fair, transparent and credible manner.

The National Democratic Institute (NDI) has announced that Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Africa, will join an worldwide, bipartisan election delegation deployed to Kenya to observe the August 8 general elections. "The observer mission will be having briefings throughout this week", one of the group's senior officials told Kenyan newspaper, The Star yesterday.

"This is a high-stakes election, it is a critical election and I call it a watershed".

"We are aware of the significance of these elections to the people of Kenya, the region and the global community. We make a commitment that our observation role will be undertaken with impartiality, independence and transparency".

John Maham said the group comprised of eminent persons drawn from across the different regions of the Commonwealth, including Africa, Asia, Europe, the Caribbean and the Pacific who "bring a wealth of experience from across the social and political spectrum including civil society, women's and youth groups, human rights organisations and the media". The observers will be deployed throughout the country to observe the pre-election, Election Day and post-election activities.

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