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Kenya Elections: Returning Officer Goes Missing in Nairobi

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In 2017 elections, an IEBC Official Christopher Msando went missing and was found two days latter tortured and strangled to death in the capital Nairobi.
IEBC preparing to give a press at Bomas of Kenya in Nairobi on August 5
As vote-counting in Kenya’s general elections continues, a returning officer has gone missing while on duty, according to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, IEBC.

Daniel Musyoka, the Returning Officer for Embakasi East Constituency was last seen at his work station at the East African School of Aviation tallying centre on Thursday morning. According to the report by the IEBC, at around 9 a.m, his bodyguard escorted him from his house to the tally centre at the School of Aviation.

“At 9.45 a.m, Mr Musyoka excused himself from his desk to go and receive a call, and he did not return, nor has he been seen by his family," Commission Chairman Wafula Chebukati said in a statement.  He said that Musyoka’s family and the commission have been trying to reach him without success and his duties are now being handled by the returning officer.

He urged the relevant security authorities to speedily investigate the unfortunate incident. It is not the first time that an election official in Kenya goes missing at a critical time.

In 2017, Chris Msando, who was in charge of the computerized information system of the IEBC went missing and was found dead just over a week before the polls that current contestant Raila Odinga lost to outgoing president Uhuru Kenyatta. His body lay near another one of “an unidentified woman.” Investigations showed that Msando was tortured before being strangled.

“There’s no doubt that he was tortured and murdered,” Wafula Chebukati, the chair of the IEBC, told reporters outside the city mortuary in Nairobi back then.

Meanwhile, by 11.00 am Saturday morning, the IEBC official results showed Odinga leading with 1,244,859 votes or 61.09 against William Ruto’s 808,374 votes or 38.67 per cent 756,785 votes or 37.82 per cent.  These were from 2,090,508 votes cast in 40 constituencies out of a total of 293 constituencies.  

George Wajakoya had 8,148 Votes (0.39 per cent), while David Waihiga had so far polled 4,352 votes equivalent to 0.20 per cent.  

These are the official results being released by the commission, while until Thursday evening, different tallying centres by media houses and private organisations were using form 34A (the polling station declaration forms) received at the IEBC, to make their tallies.

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