Head of IT at Kenya’s electoral commission, Msando murdered days to general elections

The man in charge of Kenya’s computerised voting system, Chris Msando has been murdered, days before the general election on August 8.

Msando, the electoral commission’s IT manager, had been reported by the BBC to be missing on Friday.

“There was no doubt he was tortured and murdered,” said the chairperson of the country’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), Wafula Chebukati.

Police said on Monday that the bodies of Msando and an unidentified woman were found on the outskirts of Nairobi, the country’s capital, and had been taken to a mortuary in the city.

Kenyan newspaper The Star reports that Msando’s body was found with one arm missing.

Msando was scheduled to oversee the public testing of the voting system on Monday.

The electoral commission had assured that the system would effectively eliminate vote rigging and ensure a credible election.

The Kenya Integrated Electoral Management System (KIEMS), is to be used to identify voters and transmit results.

Kenya had used a similar electronic system in the 2013 but it failed spectacularly, leading to manual counting of votes which some argued allowed for voter manipulation.

Msando was given the job only two months ago after his predecessor was suspended for refusing to cooperate with an audit firm which was cleaning the voters’ register.

 

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