Kenya's electoral commission sworn in

 21 Jan 2017 - 0:58


Nairobi: Kenya's new electoral commission was sworn in yesterday to replace a team forced to quit after violent protests by opponents who accused them of bias, mismanagement and corruption.
The seven new commissioners have only seven months to organise presidential and parliamentary elections which already have emotions flying high in the east African country.
The new chief of the electoral commission (IEBC), lawyer Wafula Chebukati, promised to deliver a "free, fair and credible election" after taking the oath of office at the Supreme Court.
The previous nine-member commission resigned in October under pressure from the opposition which led violent protests in May and June. The IEBC had been mired in controversy since its establishment in 2010, when it replaced a discredited body that had presided over the disputed 2007 election which triggered politically-motivated ethnic violence.