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.”

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.”

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.

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.