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Kenya police ordered to investigate election officials

Kenya ’ s chief prosecutor has ordered the police and anti -corruption agency to investigate the country ’ s election commission for alleged “ irregularities and illegalities ” in the conduct of August’ s annulled presidential poll.

Director of public prosecutions Keriako Tobiko said the wide-ranging investigations into the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission ( IEBC) must be completed within 21 days.

A fresh presidential election between President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga is due on October 26 .

In a letter sent Saturday to the heads of Kenya ’ s criminal investigations department and anti -corruption commission , Tobiko ordered , “ thorough, comprehensive and expeditious investigations into the irregularities and illegalities found by the SCOK ( Supreme Court of Kenya ) to have been committed by the IEBC in relation to the Presidential Election with a view to establishing whether electoral and /or other criminal offences ( including corruption and economic crimes ) may have been committed by the IEBC officials or any of them and those who may have aided , abetted , counselled or procured commission of any such offence (s) . ”

Kobiko also said police and the anti -corruption agency should investigate allegations made by Odinga’ s National Super Alliance ( NASA) against 11 specific, senior IEBC commissioners accused of offences , and allegations from Kenyatta’ s Jubilee Party that two senior NASA leaders , Musalia Mudavadi and James Orengo, illegally accessed IEBC records .

Kenya ’ s Supreme Court annulled the August 8 presidential election, in which Kenyatta was declared winner, following a legal challenge from Odinga.

The annulment has heightened political tensions in Kenya , with Kenyatta describing the court decision as “ a judicial coup ” while Odinga has threatened to boycott the new election unless the IEBC is overhauled.

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