Pres­i­dent ap­peals for calm af­ter elec­tion of­fi­cial’s mur­der

The Washington Times Daily - - WORLD - — Ni­cole Ault

Kenyan Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta on Tues­day urged vot­ers to re­frain from hasty judg­ments as the na­tion reeled from the mur­der of Christo­pher Msando, a key mem­ber of Kenya’s elec­tion com­mis­sion whose body was found Mon­day morn­ing.

“Care­less spec­u­la­tion in this time of grief only makes the work of in­ves­ti­ga­tors harder, and it only adds to the pain of those who loved him,” Mr. Keny­atta tweeted.

Mr. Msando’s death oc­curred barely a week be­fore Kenya’s Aug. 8 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, which looks to be a close race between Mr. Keny­atta and Na­tional Su­per Al­liance leader Raila Odinga. An au­dit of new voter-ID tech­nol­ogy, which had been sched­uled for Mon­day, has been post­poned be­cause of Mr. Msando’s death, elec­tion of­fi­cials said.

Fears of elec­tion-re­lated vi­o­lence are al­ready high: In 2007, more than a thou­sand peo­ple were killed in post­elec­tion vi­o­lence, and though 2013 elec­tions were less vi­o­lent, some of the safe­guards in place at the time no longer ex­ist.

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