By KBC Reporters-Hours after the body of missing Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission’s ICT Manager Chris Chege Musando was found, the Commission now claims that the deceased was tortured before being murdered.
Addressing the press outside the City Mortuary Monday where he had led the IEBC staff to view the body, Commission’s Chairperson Wafula Chebukati said the circumstances under which Musando met his death are shocking.
A visibly shocked IEBC Chair demanded that the government provides security for all IEBC staff in order to guarantee free, fair and credible elections scheduled for next week.
Chebukati assured members of the family of the late Musando that the killers will be brought to book. He further appealed to IEBC staff countrywide to remain calm and assured Kenyans that the loss of one of the Commission’s senior most employee in the ICT section will not affect the election time table as he had left behind a team that will spearhead the election exercise.
Meanwhile, IEBC has postponed the testing of election results transmission exercise following the brutal murder of acting ICT director Chris Musando.
Addressing the press outside the City Mortuary, Chebukati said a new date for the test run will be announced.
The commission was scheduled to conduct a test run for results transmission nationwide Monday from 3pm at Bomas of Kenya in Nairobi and the 47 centres in the counties.
The exercise aims at examining the efficiency of the Integrated and Elections Management System so that adjustments can be made before Tuesday 8th.
The system will be used in the transmission of results to the national tallying center. Musando was expected to lead the exercise.
In the meantime, the first batch of the Presidential ballot papers is expected in the country Monday evening. The ballot papers for counties 1-30 will be received by IEBC officials at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
The second batch of the remaining ballot papers is expected in the country on Tuesday evening. The ballot papers printed by Dubai based Al-Ghurair Printing Company are in 416,360 booklets and each booklet has 50 pages.
The Presidential ballot papers are 20,818,000 against 19 646 673 registered voters which means they are inclusive of a one per cent provision in case of spoilt votes.
Elsewhere, the opposition has condemned the murder Chris Msando. NASA co-principal Musalia Mudavadi says the killing of the officer was ill-timed and demanded an urgent investigation into his assassination.
Addressing the press in Nairobi Monday afternoon, Musalia said Msando had assured Kenyans that the electronic system would work and there was no need for the manual system.
He added that all IEBC officials should be given security. He said despite the death of the IEBC IT expert, next week’s elections would be free and fair.
Elsewhere, the electoral code of conduct breach case against Marsabit governor, Ukur Yattani and his opponent Mohamud Mohamed Ali will be heard before a panel on Tuesday after the former asked a member of the Electoral Code of conduct enforcement Committee to disqualify himself from hearing the matter.
Yattani, who is contesting on a Frontier Alliance Party ticket and his main rival Jubilee candidate Ali are both accused of failing to control their rowdy supporters who last week caused violence, destruction of property and injuries.
IEBC Chair Wafula Chebukati says the orders issued on Friday prohibiting the two from campaigning remain in force pending the determination of the case.