Amer­i­can aid­ing can­di­date de­tained, faces de­por­ta­tion

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NAIROBI, KENYA» A U.s.-based cam­paign data com­pany con­firmed Satur­day that its CEO was de­tained in Kenya and faced de­por­ta­tion af­ter work­ing on the op­po­si­tion’s cam­paign ahead of Tues­day’s tightly con­tested pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, while the op­po­si­tion ac­cused po­lice of raid­ing one of its of­fices.

The de­ten­tion of the CEO of Aris­to­tle Inc. raised fur­ther con­cerns about the vote just days af­ter a top Kenyan elec­tion of­fi­cial re­spon­si­ble for the elec­tronic vot­ing sys­tem was found tor­tured and killed.

Brandi Travis with Aris­to­tle said CEO John Aris­to­tle Phillips, an Amer­i­can, and Cana­dian staffer An­dreas Kat­souris were de­tained Fri­day night and faced de­por­ta­tion later Satur­day.

Travis said Phillips was at the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi.

The two men were as­sist­ing op­po­si­tion can­di­date Raila Odinga with is­sues in­clud­ing strat­egy and data anal­y­sis and had cho­sen to get in­volved in the Kenyan elec­tion be­cause they thought it had the po­ten­tial for ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties, Travis told The As­so­ci­ated Press.

“We pick our in­ter­na­tional cam­paigns very care­fully,” Travis said.

“Odinga was a can­di­date they re­ally be­lieved in.”

Both Odinga and Kenyan Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta were in their fi­nal day of cam­paign­ing Satur­day as some in the East African na­tion wor­ried that the vote could turn vi­o­lent, as it did a decade ago.

Keny­atta is the son of Kenya’s first pres­i­dent.

Odinga is the son of the coun­try’s first vice pres­i­dent and has run in vain for the top post in three pre­vi­ous con­tests.

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