Killing of official fuels fears ahead of vote in Kenya

Top official of Kenya's electoral body goes missing

Commission Chairman Wafula Chebukati said Monday there is no doubt Msando was "tortured and killed", adding that, in the commission's mind, "the only issue is who killed him and why".

Msando had last been heard from early Saturday - when he sent a text message to a colleague.

Mr Chebukati said they have postponed a test run for technology to be used in the election, which had been scheduled for Monday, because Mr Msando was crucial in the process.

Because of Mr. Msando's key role in the systems created to ensure vote-counting accuracy, Mr. Bellamy said, his death is likely to cast doubt on the credibility of the election, thus heightening the risk of post-election violence.

The nationwide vote is one week away, and the organization of the elections has been a source of tension during the past year.

The August 8 poll, which pits the incumbent, Uhuru Kenyatta, 55, against veteran challenger Raila Odinga, 72, has turned out to be unexpectedly close.

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Chebukati said he was due to meet Inspector General of police Joseph Boinnet to discuss security enhancement, and that whoever killed Msando would not succeed in breaching the security of IEBC's electronic voting system.

"Even as the investigation gets on its way, we remind the state of its duty to take whatever necessary measures it finds possible to secure the safety of IEBC commissioners and all its staff", Kegoro said.

However, when his body was found alongside an unidentified woman moments after his vehicle was seen parked in Roysambu, Nairobi, the police ruled out any foul play leading to his death.

After the December 2007 election, when he lost to Mwai Kibaki and claimed there had been widespread vote-rigging, there was widespread violence between the Luo and the Kikuyu tribe, which led to the deaths of more than 1,000 people.

The U.S. and British diplomats in Kenya have expressed grave concern about Msando's death and offered the Kenyan government assistance in investigating. "People want to know why he was killed, who would benefit most from his death, and they want a very speedy investigation", she said.

Both sides have much at stake in this election, said Murithi Mutiga, a senior analyst for the International Crisis Group.

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