Commonwealth pulls out its observers from Thursday repeat poll

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BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,24TH OCT 2017-COMMONWEALTH  has pulled out it’s  observers from Thursday repeat poll.The body cites cites security fears, tension in Kenya and withdrawal of Raila Odinga from race.In a statement it says allowing its representatives to be part of the observers  in Kenya could put their lives in jeopardy.

The decision comes just a day to the fresh presidential poll and a day after Foreign envoys  said the Kenya repeat presidential election should go on as scheduled despite preparation concerns raised by the Opposition and some top Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) managers.

The envoys  led by US ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec said the IEBC staff should be provided with security to conduct polls in accordance with the Constitution and within the Supreme Court’s timeframe.

The court nullified President Uhuru Kenyatta’s win on September 1 and ordered the IEBC to conduct “free and fair” polls within 60 days, a period with closes on October 31. The electoral agency has since settled on October 26 as the date for repeat poll.

Both IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati and Roselyn Akombe, who resigned last week, have said the agency cannot guarantee the integrity of the Thursday election because of political interference.

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