The Latest: Kenya vote chief: Credible election 'difficult' (Report)



The Latest on Kenya’s new presidential election (all times local):

4:40 p.m.

The head of Kenya’s election commission says that despite “full technical preparedness” for this month’s fresh presidential vote, it is “difficult to guarantee free, fair and credible elections.”

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Wafula Chebukati spoke to reporters hours after a top Kenyan electoral official, Roselyn Akombe, resigned and said the vote just eight days away “cannot meet the basic expectations of a credible election.”

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Kenya’s Supreme Court last month nullified the August election in which President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner, citing irregularities. It ordered a new election, which will be Oct. 26.

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Opposition leader Raila Odinga, whose legal challenge of vote-rigging led to the ruling, last week withdrew from the new election because electoral reforms had not been made.